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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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    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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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!
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Jen & Carrie, Just to let you two kids know.... I am of 1941 vintage and I was an electrician's apprentice in 1963. I don't remember the pay scale that year but when I left Reno, NV in January 1966 and moved here to Washington state I was a Journeyman electrician and at that timeconstruction electricianswere paid some of the highest wages in the country. The Reno local 401 pay scale was $5.50 an hour. I took a reduction in pay moving to WA as the Everett local pay scale was $4.96 1/2 an hour. Yes, that is four dollars ninety six and one half cents per hour. After payroll deductions $8.95 amounted to about two and a half hours work. While raising 7 children that was a lot to take from the budget. (To save from any cute remarks about my age and the 7 children, my wife and I had both been married previously and we both had custody of our children from those marriages and it is a combined family.) We could not afford much in Christmas outdoor decorations back then. What we did have for a couple of years the neighborhood kids vandalised and we quit decorating and gave what we had to friends who had a business in the county so they could decorate. We didn't start decorating again until the late 70's or early 80's. I am not sure now just when we started again. Our first blow molds were an Empire Santa, sleigh and two reindeer that we bought the day after Christmas from Ernst for 50% off. The retail price for that set was $39.95 at that time and we got them for $20. That was the small set with the teddy bear and white & black horse head in Santa's bag. Those sell a lot cheaper on eBay today then what they sold for new. Our next blow molds werean Empire "Dancing Santa"followed laterbya drummer boy and snowman that we are not sure of the manufacturer but think were TPI so we must have purchased them in the late 80's or early 90's We don't have TPI catalogs from those years (and don't know anyone that does) so I haven't been able to positively identify them. People complain today about the high prices of blow molds and other things. When you compare the prices today with the prices of bygone years and also compare wages during those years they really aren't that much more expensive. Mel
  17. Jen, Thanks for sharing these pages. They show Beco items that I have not seen before you shared them. Mel
  18. I have a couple of Beco's in original boxes that are dated 1963 & 1964. At the moment I don't remember what the 1963 one is but the 1964 are two white flying reindeer. It would be tough to find actual blow molds much older then these.It is my understanding thatthe blow mold technique wasn't developed until about 1962. Beco did make a pair of 22" choir angels in 1962 that Sears advertised in their Christmas catalog.Sears also offered a Santa, sleigh and two white reindeer that were lighted from inside but Ihave been told that set might have been a Union Products one. Mel
  19. Brad Caudill wrote: The price is a steal if they don't charge a rediculous shipping price.There is aneBay Empire choir girl auction in progress now that they say shipping is actual cost but they charge a $15 handling fee. The seller of this snowman is way offbase with how old it is. It is nowhere near the "at least 40 years old" that they state in the description. We know that Empire was still making and selling the blue coat derby hat snowman in 1978 and the green coat was not made until after they discontinued the blue coat one. I haveChristmas catalog pagesfrom 1973, 1974, 1975 & 1978 showingthe blue coat derby hat snowman for sale. We don't know what year the first green coat one was made but it had to be after 1978. The last year that the green coat one is shown in an Empire catalog is 1990. Those of you that have the blow mold catalog CD can confirm that for yourselves. The green coat one in the auction could very easily have been made in 1990 and that would make it only a 15 year old youngster. I have sent this information to the seller and suggested that they correct the age information in their auction. I wonder if they will. Mel
  20. Carrie Sansing wrote: I have been doing a bit of lurking here since this new chatroom forum was initiated. After reading the posts here I decided that there really wasn't much here for me anymore. Our interest is in collecting blow molds, displaying them for others to see along with gaining what knowledge I can about blow molds and their history and sharing it with others. After following this thread I decided I would bite the bullet and rejoin and put in my two cents worth. Here is a copy of what I sent in an email to a friend tonight about the blow mold count. I can't include my blow mold count because I don't know how many we have. Quantity has never been of interest to us and we have never counted them. We are only interested in what we think would be a nice addition to the collection and display. We did count what we have lighted in the display at this time when we came home tonight and there are 71 different ones in different scenes. We will be adding several more over the next few days. I have no idea how many are still in the storage trailer andstorage building and there are some here in the house ready to be put out in the display. Quantity means nothing to us. We have no interest in any duplicates unless that duplicate is either an upgrade in conditionto what we already have or we plan on using them in the display. We would rather spend our money on blow molds that can be added to our display then just to put it awayin storage where we won't look at them again for years. If we find duplicates that we don't think we will use again we give them away to low income friends here in our area. My sister in eastern WA has picked up about 30 older blow molds for our collectionover the past two to three weeks. There are a few real rare ones among them includinga 41" Hurricane Lantern that we have not been able to find any definite information about. I have only seen them once before. That was last year on eBay. Mel EDIT: I forgot to mention that one of the blow molds that my sister picked up for us was a Santa's Best large Taz for $15 and the Hurricane Lantern was $5. Mel
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