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  1. Photo 3 was from the auction site, so I'd like to give credit to Cincinnati Industrial Auctioneers. Apparently photo 1 and 2 were from Richard G, so while I accurately stated: "I only know that they have the winking pumpkin because someone who went to the auction took a photo of an unfinished one" , he wants to be credited beyond "someone who went to the auction took a photo of an unfinished one". I hope you feel better. But does it really change your life if someone posts photos taken at the auction without specifically naming you? I had no idea who took the photo. No need to be so petty and so snarky.
  2. Mel, that was produced in the 1960's and has the original undated Empire logo. Here's the one.... Mel, is this the catalog you saw? It's a real shame people don't share. The 1993/1994 Empire catalogs out there are mine (probably the 1969 Poloron and 1968/1972 Bayshore catalogs as well). I have the hard copies and freely sent PDF copies to people not realizing at the time how the game was played. So, the "Empire Fanatic" will never get to see the 1973 catalog.
  3. Funny, in the first ad I focused on the Poloron Santa and the list of other molds (presumably Poloron) that they had. Gold Triangle, part of Federated Department Stores, now Macy's. When they closed, they were converted to Richway, an upscale discount department store (in the south), sister chain to Gold Circle upscale discount department stores (ala Target) in the north. All owned by Federated.
  4. Mel, are you referring to the list dated 09/25/02? If so, I don't think it's complete. I see a section with what are obviously Bayshore molds, but only the ones they reproduced seem to be listed. The pumpkin I mentioned previously that's on the left top shelf and the winking pumpkin seem to me missing. (I only know that they have the winking pumpkin because someone who went to the auction took a photo of an unfinished one.) See photos below.
  5. They should have closed this one years ago when they made the Empire purchase.
  6. Mel, here's photos from ebay of the Empire marked (with the original undated logo) carolers, which was in the Noma catalog in the mid 1960's. So Empire was making it in the mid 1960's. The mold in the photo has the original Empire logo as well. Not sure how Lidco fits into this. About the Bayshore pumpkin mold, I know Empire made their Haunted House, Scarecrow and Top Hat Pumpkin(have never seen this Empire version outside the catalog, so they might not have ever actually produced it) as they are listed in the 1989 catalog (as new). I really don't believe they ever made the Bayshore Super Deluxe Pumpkin. That's why I think it was cool that they still had the mold. It also tells me they probably still had all the Bayshore Halloween Molds.
  7. That's a good question. There's lots of info and many pics on the Blow Mold Nation page on Facebook. There were members there yesterday and at the auction today. I'm sure there will be multiple posts and more photos tonight. It did answer one question I always had. The really old Empire molds still existed! I couldn't believe when I saw the 14" carolers above. Do you know if Empire even made them into the 1970's? Also, did you notice Mel on the top shelf on the left in picture 4 is the mold for Bayshore's Super Deluxe Pumpkin No. 7883 and 7829? Totally cool! Do you know if Empire ever actually made this item?
  8. Here's a link to the Lots that have molds. Click on each to see photos. It took me about two hours to save all of them. Mostly descriptions, but in some you can see the mold. Recognize some of these oldies??? https://www.bidspotter.com/en-us/auction-catalogues/bscci/catalogue-id-bscci10279?searchTerm=aluminum+blow+molds&whereToSearch=%2Fen-us%2Fauction-catalogues%2Fbscci%2Fcatalogue-id-bscci10279
  9. Mel, do mean the official company name? I have some old toy catalogs. The 1976 Fall catalog says Empire Of Carolina - A division of Carolina Enterprises, Inc. The company went public in 1979. According to a letter from then President Mason Benson in the front of the 1981 toy catalog: "The year 1980 was Empire's first full year as public company." ........."However, we are proud to report, with your support, Empire of Carolina, Inc. returned a profit to it's shareholders in it's first year of operation. But, the bottom of the next page says MCMLXXXI Carolina Enterprises, Inc. Then the back page lists the executives under the heading "Empire of Carolina, Inc. The 1995 Annual Report lists the main company as being Empire of Carolina, Inc. A June 1996 Prospectus for a stock offering states: "Empire of Carolina, Inc. was incorporated in Delaware in 1979".
  10. Click "Parcel" on the upper left. Then enter 501 Daniel in the "Address Search". Click on General Foam Plastics. Then "Prop Card" in the top center.
  11. Check out the county web-site for the property. If you click on "Prop Card", and then print, it'll open a summary which lists all of the buildings, their use and year built (center top).
  12. Did you happen to check out their ads from 1963, 1964, and 1965 to see who the MFG was? Walgreen's had blow molds in 1966.......https://www.newspapers.com/image/104277999/?terms=outdoor%2Billuminated
  13. Mel, here's an ad from McAlpin's Department Store here in Cincinnati. It appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer December 3, 1967. I printed it out about 20 years ago at a local library. I've also posted a shot of the entire ad preview page from the archive site Newspapers.com to verify the date. Looks like most of the non dated pieces we are familiar with are listed in the ad. Below is the link to the dated search I did as well as a link to a more general search using the phrase from the ad: "outdoor illumined". If you scroll through that list, you can see there are more McAlpin's ads for Christmas blow molds as early as 1963 and 1964. I don't have a subscription to the site yet so I can only see the small preview photos and can't determine who made them. There is a 7 day free trial. I plan to try that when I have more time to explore the papers. https://www.newspapers.com/search/#lnd=1&ymd=1967-12-03&query=outdoor+illuminated&t=844&oquery=outdoor+illuminated++december+3%2C+1967 https://www.newspapers.com/search/#lnd=1&query=outdoor+illuminated&offset=5&t=844 Here's a 1962 JCP ad with blowmolds... https://www.newspapers.com/image/101656472/?terms=outdoor%2Billuminated
  14. Mel, do you have the rest of this article? It mentions photos of larger Santas "pictured below". We may have learned two things. 1) If Judith Novelty was a part of Mallory Randall Corporation, and it bought Carolina Enterprises in December, 1968, that means the Pixies marked Judith Novelty 1966 were not Empire products. 2) The oldest Empire products, such as the Nativity above, were not dated. That dating began in 1968. Judith Novelty's influence as they dated their Pixie molds? Are you aware what year Empire was founded? Also, where was the factory located prior to moving to Tarboro in 1960?
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