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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.

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  1. Loftus001 wrote: GenFoam wouldn't have this part as they did not make the North Pole sign. They only carry parts for items that they make. Mel
  2. For those that are interested in some of the vintage blow mold candles. Here are a few that were for sale in 1966. #5 - made by Beco #6 - made by Poloron #7 - made by Union Products #8 - made by Union Products The Union Products candles are not true blow molds. We have some of the number 5, 6 & 7 in our collection. Number 8 comes up on eBay occasionally and we hope to get a pair of them in the future. Does anyone know who made the number 4 Coach Lamps? I think they were made by Union Products but don't know for sure. These also do not appear to be true blow molds. Mel
  3. I don't know how many years this angel was made but at least one year was 1965. Mel
  4. jb4647 wrote: Hmmm, the lighting setup looks identical to that on an older Union Products #75180 Large Santa that we received today. Yes, Union Products did make blow molds in the60's. I don't know when Union Products first went into business but I do know that Don Featherstone started working for them in 1957 andpurchased the company in 1996. He retired in 2004. Union Products is the only place he worked. The following is from aFeb. 1997interview with him. OSP: Tell me about your company. DF: We manufacture a line of about 600-800 products, and I sculpted every one of them. OSP: Lawn ornaments? DF: Oh, yes. Ducks, flamingos, penguins, gnomes, just about everything you could think of. We employ between 140 and 220 people, depending on the season. My first project was actually a duck. You know, we probably sell more ducks than we do flamingos. But you flamingo people are a lot different from the duck people. Mel
  5. I want to thank everyone for the many compliments on the blow mold catalog CD. They are appreciated. Originaly when I completed the CD I was concerned about possible copyright issues and did not acknowledge the names of contributors to the CD for their portection. As things look now I am not as concerned about that issue and want to give credit where credit is due. I will not at this time say who contributed what information but the following were very supportive of me in the project and I want to thank each and everyone for their help in the project. Not all in the list contributed actual catalog information, some contributed by encouraging me to continue on when I became discouraged or weary and wanted to quit. There were several times that they helped me in that way. I am listing everyone in alphabetical order as each and everyone was important to the project. Albertson, Andrew Booher, Matt Ewing, Tim Ken (Drainage Industries) Michael, Brian Miller, Bill Peterman, Matthew Ramos, Gil Richards, Kyle Sansing, Carrie Steiner, Thomas Trisha (Lee Sherman & Associates, Brea, CA) Vettorel, Rick (Grand Venture) Weis, Bill I want to give special thanks to Bill Weis and Kyle Richards as without their extra help and encouragement the project would not have made it past the planning stages. I hope that I have not forgotten anyone. If I have please send me an email and let me know. Mel
  6. jen grissett wrote: Jen, No, this reindeer is smaller and different from the one that Mr. May had. I don't know if I could afford the shipping for one like his. Mel
  7. Bill Miller wrote: Bill & Carrie, I am still walking in the clouds with this one.:waycool: The price was great but I was willing to pay many, many times that for it. As I am sure you know, I am addicted to the Mold-Craft items. Bill, I only need to locate 8 more to complete a full team red nose and all. Maybe by the the end of my next lifetime. Mel
  8. Carrie Sansing wrote: Carrie, Bill & Rod, check out this link and you will know everything that I know about it. It was a live eBay auction. My first experience with a live auction on eBay and I didn't have to do anything other then sit and nervously watch the auctionas I had put in an absentee bid Saturday morning. If I had been outbid I could have bid again but being on dialup I probably wouldn't have made it in time. I was sure I would not win even at the maximum I had bid for it. The whole auction took less then 2 minutes. The auction house had over 240 items that were being auctioned and I watched them from #29 through #59a which was the reindeer. Most of the auctions didn't reach the minimum estimated price. The reindeer was the only outdoor decoration that I know of. Most all were antique items, glassware & sterling silver. http://cgi.liveauctions.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1,1&item=6588918764&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT I am assuming the reindeer is made of what was called "platisol" that Mold-Craft started using in 1958. It would be the same material that the Mold-Craft choir people, squirrels, flamingos, banks, etc that we have seenare made of. Mel
  9. Our latest addition to the collection and display. This is not a true blow mold. It was made by Mold-Craft in 1958 before the blow mold process was developed. Thought I would share it here even though it isn't a true blow mold as there isn't another forum that it couldgo in. Mel
  10. jen grissett wrote: Jen, Well said!! It sure would be nice to see some good worthwhile discussion here in the blow mold forum for a change. Guess I am just getting old and longing for the good old days of a few months ago when people were interested in actually discussing blow molds and sharing information and not just bragging about what they got for a steal in price somewhere. It's great to hear about the blow mold finds that members are making but it sure would be nice if they were interested in some of the history of them also. Blow molds are a dying thing and unless some of us get serious and do something about collecting the history information on them it will be lost forever. I wonder how many of us really care about the blow molds other then "what can I get cheap to put in my display"? How many even care who made the blow molds that they have or when they were made. I read a lot of posts here complaining about the demise of the blow mold manufacturers and a lot of these same ones doing the complaining are the same ones that are hoping that the stores have a bunch of them left over after Christmas at 50% or more off. They are too cheap to pay the regular price and support the stores that are willing to take the chance on ordering them in. I don't blame the stores for not ordering them in. We owned and operated a retailbusiness for 25 years before we retired and if an item didn't sell at regular price and we had to discount it we never reordered the item. When the stores don't order from the manufacturers the manufacturer quits making the item. It is as simple as that. We the buying public only have ourselves to blame for the lack of stores carrying blow molds. We have no right to blame the stores. They are in business to make a profit not buy and sell products to us at there cost or less. I know thereisgoing to be a lot grumbling about if the stores would get something new in they would buy them. BALONY!!! A few would but the majority would sit and hope that they could buy them after Christmas for 50% or more off. That very thing happened last Christmas season when Wal-Mart brought in the TPI Nutcracker, Polar Bear w/ Scarf, Santa w/ Reindeer, Snowman w/ Bird, Snowman w/ Birdhouse & small Santa. Wal-Mart stores across the country had many left over on Christmas eve and had to discount them to clear them out. At least 3 of those blow molds were new that year from TPI and still people wouldn't buy them at the low price that Wal-Mart sold them for. Wal-Mart'sregular priceforevey one of themwas below my wholesale costwhen my shipping cost was figured in and our order was for over 1000 blow molds from TPI. It is my belief that in 2006 we will probably lose at least one if not two more of the three remaining blow mold manufacturers here in the U.S. They are having serious problems with sales. I guessthe aboveis a lot more then 2 cents worth.... Brad, If you consider this post to be too negative then feel free to delete itand if you do please also delete me from PC at the same time. For those that might be interested, here's a picture with a little blow mold history that most don't know about. Mel
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    Brad Caudill wrote: DHL won't ship it that much cheaper. Here innorthwest WA DHL costs more then FedEx. I have shipped a lot of blow molds to the east coast over the past couple of months and the local DHL staffed shipping location wanted more then what I paid FedEx for each one. Mel
  12. christmas247 wrote: Hi Denise, It's good to hear from you. Many thanks for the info. I just sent you an email about them. Mel
  13. My sister found this 41" Hurricane Lamp in a thrift store recently and got it for us. Does anyone know who made it or when it was made? Yes, it is a blow mold. Mel
  14. I don't know if anyone is interested in this kind of thing but here is an advertisement for Poloron and Shiny Brite from the May 30, 1972 "Playthings" magazine. Looks like the 1972 Poloron catalog had the same cover as the 1970.Send me an email if youwould like a better quality scan of it. Mel
  15. Thomas Steiner wrote: We have been selling the Angel of Gloria since Oct, 2003 when we got the 53' trailer load of blow molds from TPI. We are down to one extra and I haven't decided if I want to sell it or keep it since they are no longer being made. Mel
  16. I, like Carrie, would have a difficult time choosing a favorite blow mold company. If I were to consider our main specialty in our blow mold collection which is choir people and choir angels then I would have to say that Beco is my favorite followed by Poloron. If I were to consider what I think are good looking fun blow molds then it would be TPIwith Santa's Best second. Some our favorite blow molds are the TPI Polar Bear Drummer, Teddy Bear Drummer, Santa w/ Bear, Snowman w/ Penquin and Snowman w/ Sled. We have all the Santa's Best large Disney and Warner Bros. blow molds and all but Tweety and Snoopy in the 18" ones. I still like the above TPI ones better then the Santa's Best. Drainage has made some great looking blow molds (in my opinion) but they have a real problem with their paint staying on. If it were not for that problem they would rate pretty high with me. GenFoam and Union Products don't rate very high with us and we don't have many of their products in our collection. I sure would like to see some more of what Bel Air made. The only thing we have seen are the 30" choir girl and boy and they are great!! Mel
  17. twentyampdave wrote: Yes, I did forget Dapol & Noma. I really don't know anything about Universal Lights. What did they make? To my knowledge Mold-Craft did not make any true blow molds. They were a few years before the blow moldprocess was developed. We have some Mold-Craft items from 1958, 59 & 60 and they are not true blow molds. Their first year to use plastic was 1958 and we have the lighted clown bank that was their first plastic figure. Mel
  18. crazy4holidays wrote: Here's a list of some of the blow mold makers from the 60's to the current time. A lot of the newbies here have probably never heard of some of them. Beco Bel Air Plastics Drainage Industries Empire Plastics General Foam Plastics Grand Venture Holiday Innovations Poloron Santa's Best SunHill Industries TPI Plastics (Canada) Union Products A few from outside North America I-Bright (Hong Kong) Swing Industrial Limited (Hong Kong) ViFi (Greece) Mel
  19. Jerry Plak wrote: Jerry, I have found that most of the TPI, Grand Venture and some of the Santa's Best that we have do have the deeper socket that prevents screwing the fluorescent bulb in far enough to make contact. I haven't trimmed the sockets yet due to being a collector of blow molds I don't like modifying them in any way. I am trying to locate new sockets that I can substitute for the originals and keep the originals with them unaltered. Just one of the quirks that some collectors do to protect the original condition of a collected item. If we just had the blow molds for display I would have had the sockets out at the band saw the first night I bought some of the bulbs. Mel
  20. Bolwin wrote: Brenda, the closest Big Lots is about 35 miles from here. We have been wanting to go check them out for what they have for Christmas. This adds another real good reason to do it soon. Mel
  21. We found this 40" GenFoam #C5791 African American (GenFoam's description) Traditional Santa at a True Value Hardware store today. They told me that they only ordered two different Santa's this year and this one was their last one. They didn't sell for them at $29.95 so they were discounted to $15.95. He spent quite abit of timechecking to see if he could order any other blow molds and the warehouse was sold out on everything so I guess we won't be getting any of the Union Products snowmen from them. Mel
  22. Hey Brad, How about deleting this spammer from PC. We don't need this garbage here. Mel Edit: Done Mel.. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. Spammers hitting while I sleep.. how dare they!
  23. davidh wrote: On the back of the package they state "Minimum starting temperature -20 F" We bought two more six packs of them today with the $6 off coupons. Sure wish someone would have a reduced price on the 40 watt equivalent flourescent bulbs. The lowest cost ones we found today were over $4 each. The local Home depot did have 75 watt equivalent ones for 99 cents each. Mel
  24. Chad, I agree that the 60 watt would be to bright for a lot of the smaller blow molds. I am going to try some 40 watt in our drummer boys and about 2 dozen different 31" to 33" snowmen. If I like the effect we will change the several dozen bulbs in the different 30" choir people. I just finished changing the 40 watt bulbs in our 48" choir people that we have in the display at this time and they do look much brighter with the new flourescent bulbs in them. It isbelow freezing outside tonight and it only took a couple of minutes for the bulbs to brighten up. We are very happy with them. Mel
  25. markobermiller wrote: Mark, Thanks for the heads up. I went to the local Home Depot today to check them out. To my delight they had them for the $9.97 with a coupon sponsored by Home Depot and the local power company for $6 off. One coupon to a customer. I purchased one package of six for $4.76 including sales tax, took them to the car, went back in andthey sold meanother package for the same $4.76 as another customer. The coupons are good until 3/31/06 so we will be getting a few more for the .79 per bulb including the tax. Now if they would only do that with the 27 watt fluorescent bulbs. We are using a few dozen 25 watt incandescent bulbs in blow molds in the display. The 60 watt would be too bright for them. Mel
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