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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. Bill Miller wrote: For the newer members here is a list of what is on the catalog CD. It consists of over 1400 catalog pages of blow molds from the manufacturers and a few other blow mold related scans. Mel Blinky Products Catalog 2004 - Halloween Bronner's Catalog 1993 Drainage Industries Catalog (year unknown) - Christmas Drainage Industries Catalog 2003 - Christmas Drainage Industries Catalog 2003 - Easter Drainage Industries Catalog 2003 - Halloween Drainage Industries Catalog 2004 - Christmas Drainage Industries Catalog 2004 - Halloween Drainage Industries Catalog 2005 - Christmas Drainage Industries Catalog 2005 - Easter Drainage Industries Catalog 2005 - Halloween Empire Catalog 1990 Empire Catalog 1991 Empire Catalog 1992 Empire Catalog 1993 Empire Catalog 1994 Empire Catalog 1995 Empire Catalog 1996 Empire Catalog 1999 Empire Catalog 2000 Empire Catalog Misc B & W Scans General Foam Products Catalog 1990 – Christmas General Foam Products Catalog 2001 - Christmas General Foam Products Catalog 2001 - Halloween General Foam Products Catalog 2002 - Christmas General Foam Products Catalog 2002 - Easter General Foam Products Catalog 2002 - Halloween General Foam Products Catalog 2003 - Christmas General Foam Products Catalog 2003 - Easter General Foam Products Catalog 2003 - Halloween General Foam Products Catalog 2004 - Christmas General Foam Products Catalog 2004 - Easter General Foam Products Catalog 2004 - Halloween General Foam Products Catalog 2005 - Christmas General Foam Products Catalog 2005 - Easter General Foam Products Catalog 2005 - Halloween General Foam Products Catalog 2005 – Christmas, Easter, Halloween (New) Grand Venture 1997 Grand Venture 1998 Grand Venture 1999 Grand Venture 2000 Grand Venture 2001 Grand Venture 2002 Grand Venture 2003 Grand Venture 2004 Grand Venture 2005 Poloron Catalog 1970 Santa's Best 1997 (Five pages of blow molds are in this catalog) Santa's Best 2001 (Seven pages of blow molds are in this catalog) Santa's Best 2002 (Six pages of blow molds are in this catalog) SunHill Industries Catalog 1999 (Only one page has a blow mold) Swing Industrial Limited (Hong Kong) 2004 Pictures TPI Plastics Catalog 1998 - Christmas & Halloween TPI Plastics Catalog 1999 - Christmas & Halloween TPI Plastics Catalog 2000 - Christmas & Halloween TPI Plastics Catalog 2001 - Christmas & Halloween TPI Plastics Catalog 2003 - Christmas & Halloween TPI Plastics Catalog 2004 - Christmas & Halloween Union Products Catalog 1990 - Christmas Union Products Catalog 1992 - Christmas Union Products Catalog 1993 - Christmas Union Products Catalog 1994 - Christmas Union Products Catalog 1995 - Christmas Union Products Catalog 1995 - Halloween Union Products Catalog 1996 - Christmas Union Products Catalog 1996 - Halloween Union Products Catalog 1997 - Christmas Union Products Catalog 1997 - Easter Union Products Catalog 1997 - Halloween Union Products Catalog 1997 - Thanksgiving Union Products Catalog 1998 - Christmas Union Products Catalog 1998 - Easter Union Products Catalog 1998 - Halloween Union Products Catalog 1998 – Thanksgiving Union Products Catalog 1999 - Christmas Union Products Catalog 1999 - Easter Union Products Catalog 1999 - Halloween Union Products Catalog 1999 - Thanksgiving Union Products Catalog 2000 - Easter Union Products Catalog 2001 - Thanksgiving Union Products Catalog 2002 - Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving Union Products Catalog 2003 - Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving Union Products Catalog 2003 - Lawn and Garden (Uncle Sam, no Easter or St. Patrick’s Day) Union Products Catalog 2004 - Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving Union Products Catalog 2004 - Lawn and Garden, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day Union Products Catalog 2005 - Lawn and Garden, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day Vi Fi Catalog 2003
  2. TED wrote: It's not what you are missing. It's what I am missing. I have some blow molds that are missing the larger size light cordsets and I have not been able to find them anywhere for less then $3.50 each plus the shipping and these only cost me $2.79 each including the sales tax. WalMart has the C7 ones on clearance for 50 cents. Mel
  3. Brad Caudill wrote: I find it interesting that GenFoam has not listed that candle in their catalog or price lists for at least 5 years now. I wonder if they ever made it before and did a special run for WalMart. The candle is the old Empire #1304. The GenFoam number is C1304. Empire also made a basically identical one that was numbered #1301. The only difference between them was the #1301 used a C7 bulb and the #1304 used the medium Edison baseand a 25 watt bulb. For those that have the CD you can check them out in the Empire 1990 catalog. The #1304 is on page 21 and the #1301 is on page 22. The GenFoam C1304 uses the Edison base and 25 watt bulb. I haven't tried yet but I think that a C7 light cordset will also work in these and if they do I will replace some of the 25 watt ones with the C7 and use the 25 watt candelabra base bulbs in them. Our local WalMart still had12 of the candles in stock tonight and I purchased all 12. The light cordsets are worth more then the $2.49 plus tax each that I paid for the candles. They have been impossible to get without purchasing them direct from GenFoam. I plan on saving the cordset out of some of them for spares. Those of you that have blow molds that are missing that size cordset might want to check your local WalMart and see if they have any left. As to painting them, we only have the 1990 through 2000 Empire catalogs and the only color I see are like the new GenFoam ones. Personally I think that if someone wanted to paint some of the details on them it would be ok. My wife and I talked about trying to paint one and see what it looks like and I do plan on trying it when the weather warms up and I can do it outside. Mel
  4. christmas_casey wrote: Does it look like this one? Mel
  5. Hokay Brad, here's another spammer you can get rid of. Mel
  6. Our pair has the green hymn book. Looks like there might be a blonde hanging out in there. Our pair did a bit of traveling. If I call correctly they went from California to Gil in Flordia and then to ushere in Washington state. I think they might have traveled through more states then I have. Mel
  7. Terry Dyke wrote: Congratulations Terry. We never see anything like that up here north of Everett. Are you becoming a blow mold fan now? Mel
  8. Here's the info on ordering the booklet direct from the seller. I don't use PayPal so I guess that leaves me out. Mel [align=left]A book costs AU$4postage and handling tomail airmailto the USA.[/align] [align=left]Unfortunately atthis time of year the postal service is very busy and airmail can take several days.[/align] [align=left] So book and postage would be AU $10 which is about US$7.50 [/align] [align=left] Most overseas buyers choose to pay using their credit card via Paypal as it is the cheapest and quickest method and they do the conversion automatically for you. [/align]
  9. jen grissett wrote: I wonder if that is $6 U.S. or $6 Australian. If it is Australian theprice would be about $4.32 U.S.I notice the shipping is $4.00 U.S. I don't know how much info they could put in a 24 page booklet though. Mel
  10. OpieKAT wrote: Welcome to Planet Christmas and the blow mold forum. We would all like very much to have you post the website of pictures. One of the few things close to owning blow molds is seeing more pictures of them. Mel
  11. While doing a bit of searching on the web tonight under "Mold-Craft" I came across the following bit of information on Bronner's website. Back in the 1950s, Bronner’s distributed a life-size and half life-size, latex Nativity set produced by Mold-craft in Port Washington, Wisconsin. In the early ’60s, a disastrous fire burned the entire Mold-craft factory. It appears that we now know what happened to Mold-Craft. I would assume that all the molds were lost in the fire. I have sent an email to the editor of the Ozaukee Press in hopes that they might have some information about the fire in their archives. These blue Herons are not Christmas items but they are another of the plasticitems that Mold-Craft made. They had the metal legs similar to the legs on the Union Products Pink Flamingos. Mel
  12. TED wrote: Ted, I have been doing some checking through my Mold-Craft information and found this b&w photocopy of the Mold-Craft Nativity set that I received from the Port Washington, WI Historical Society several months ago. It is not a good quality picture as it is a photocopyof a newspaper advertisement that was in the Ozaukee Press. As you can see there were several pieces to the set. It shows from the left2 standing figures, a kneeling shepherd, Mary, baby Jesus, Joseph and what appears to be3 wisemen to the right of Joseph along with three of the sheep. There is a little girl sitting in the right bottom corner. There is an angel mounted at the peak of the stable. The set has a total of 13 piecesin the picture including the 3 sheep. I sure would like to have a good picture of that set. If you would like a larger scan of the ad please send me an email. Mel
  13. Thomas Steiner wrote: I don't know what year(s) the sheep was made but if it is plastic, which I think it is, it could not have been made before 1958 and so far I have seen no evidence of Mold-Craft making any plastic Christmas decorations after 1961. If anyone has any information of later year ones please let me know. Mold-Craft also made a shepherd to go with the Nativity set and sheep. Mel Edit:While checking through my Mold-Craft files I seethat the Mold-Craft properties were sold in a sherrif's auctionin October 1964. At the time of the saleit was occupied by the HellerIndustries so Mold-Craft must have been gone by then. Mel
  14. defcon5 wrote: We got them from a gentleman in Missouri. They have done a bit of traveling during the years. They were made in Port Washington, WI and ended up in MO. From MO they traveled here to Mount Vernon, WA north of Seattle. Mel
  15. We received our Mold-Craft Mary and Joseph today. They are even better then what we hoped for. The quest has begun for baby Jesus and we might possibly have a lead for him. Mel
  16. TED wrote: Ted, These two pieces are on the way to us now and are supposed to be here in a couple of days. They were made in 1958. Mel
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. I don't know how many years this angel was made but at least one year was 1965. Mel
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
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