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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.

Mel Fischer

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    Our main decorating interests are in blow molds and wireframes. At this time our display is 99% static and will probably remain so.
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  1. I love your candles by the fireplace, do you know who made those? Could you post a close up picture of those so we can see some of the detail on them? Mel
  2. Charlie, I did not think you ask you if you made those. If there is a next time I will remember. Mel
  3. Those look to be the large Santa's Best Mickey and Minnie Mouse. I have occasionally seen replacement noses for them on eBay. Mel
  4. Could these pages be an insert to one of the GP catalogs? I noticed they both have "Bulletin GP 5901" on the bottom like it might be both sides of a single sheet. Mel
  5. It is somewhat difficult to tell from the small picture but it looks like it is probably the Holiday Innovations version of the Santa. That is one of two versions we do not have. As I recall they did not take all the Poloron information off the mold and they did not have their name on most of them. Holiday Innovations made the blow molds with the Poloron molds from1988-1991. Mel
  6. I have wondered through the years where the Grand Venture "old Poloron molds" originally came from. The ones that Grand Venture had were acquired from MAC Plastics when MAC Plastics went bankrupt and one of the partners in Grand Venture purchased the company and molds. and renamed the company Falcon Plastics. Falcon Plastics was a sister company to Grand Venture and made all of the GV blow molds for them. Grand Venture never actually made any blow molds Falcon made them and GV was the sales division. If the Grand Venture candles were made from old Poloron molds then Poloron had to have made two different heights of the candle through the years because all of the Poloron candles I have seen or heard about are 38" high and the Grand Venture candles are 36" high. Mel
  7. The snowman row consisted of 35 snowmen spaced 5' apart with no two identical ones in the row. There were a few that looked similar but were painted in different colors. Mel
  8. You are correct, Spielbauer was a distributor. Mel
  9. These were mainly intended for military bases, churches, municipal decorations, etc. Mel
  10. A screenshot of an eBay auction in 2006 for a 1951 **** Wiken reindeer. Check out the price it sold for, the shipping was more then the reindeer. Mel
  11. I found a file with a screenshot from a post made on PC back in 2009 showing a few different Mold-Craft Rudolph reindeer. There were no dates given for them or in the rest of the thread. The post was made by Bill Weis. Mel
  12. The first Mold-Craft Reindeer sculpted by **** Wiken in 1951. The picture is from an April 4, 1951 newspaper. Mel
  13. Mold-Craft did make both Rudolph and the antlered life size reindeer that were painted white. The faun colored Rudolph was their #52-SB and the faun colored antlered deer was their #52-A they also had antlered deer with a white flashing bulb nose #52-AB. The white painted Rudolph was their #52-SBW and the white painted antlered deer was their #52-AW. They also had the white antlered deer with a white flashing bulb nose available. The price was same for either color, the antlered deer with the white flashing bulb nose was $3 more then the antlered deer without the lighted nose. I do not have any information at this time for a white life size set but I do think that they must have sold them as a set also considering there was no difference in the price for the colors. As a side note, Mold-Craft referred to the "brown" colored reindeer as being faun colored in their brochure. Mold-Craft also made the Junior Reindeer in white. The white junior reindeer was #22-AW they also had this one with a white flashing bulb nose #22-ABW. The white painted Junior Rudolph was their #22-SBW. The faun colored Junior antlered reindeer was #22-A. The faun colored junior Rudolph was their #22-SB. The price was the same for either color of the junior reindeer. Mel
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