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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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  1. Donna, I had planned on starting to take pictures last Sunday but looks like it will be closer to next weekend now. Here's a little teaser of what we got. Mel
  2. Wish we had some rain, we have been stuck indoors for a couple of days and will be for at least a couple of more days due to smoke from the brush and forest fires in BC, Washington & Oregon. They have been recommending staying indoors for the duration for those of us who have breathing problems, I have emphysema and my wife has COPD. Charlie E was here last Saturday and we now have approximately 70 more blow molds sitting on the porch and I can't even go out ant play with them. Mel
  3. As for the 75% of the Union molds that Cado bought. that must have been 75% of what was left over after Faster Form scrapped a large amount of the molds that they purchased from the original Union Products. Here is some information from a post I made on PC on January 7, 2012. From May 2010 - Cado/Union Products A little bit of Union Products trivia from news articles. From June 2007 - Faster Form/Union Products "One of the perks of acquiring the original pink flamingo is the opportunity to have a nationally recognized brand,'' Waszkiewicz said in a May 31 telephone interview. He said HMC acquired 20 blow molding machines, four injection molding machines and molds for about 500 products for an undisclosed price from Dennis Plante. ``Some of the products are already in production due to outsourcing, but we expect to be in full production in the next 60 days,'' Waszkiewicz said. He said the pink flamingo, along with about 149 of the 500 products Union Products used to sell, now will be produced by HMC and sold by its sister company, Faster-Form Corp., of New Hartford, N.Y. ``We are simply narrowing the lines from 500 to a ballpark figure of 150. Because many of the items are outdated, we are taking on their best sellers,'' he said. HMC also may update some of the designs, he said. From May 2010 - Cado/Union Products Cado Products Inc. of Fitchburg, Mass., purchased the intellectual property rights to the pink flamingo, as well as more than 200 blow molds and injection molds that had once been used by Union Products Inc. Now then, that looks like about 300 of the molds somehow disappeared during the time that HMC/Faster Form had them, any guesses as to what happened to them? I wonder how many of the 200 + molds that Cado purchased are holiday ones, considering that Faster Form was largely oriented towards the lawn and garden business and not the holidays. I have also been told that some of the 200 molds only had half of the mold there. Here is the link to the original PC post. Mel
  4. The ghost is from the Grand Venture mold that Cado bought. They had it in their 2017 catalog also. Mel
  5. Both, TPI had so many great looking blow molds that we did not have in our collection that we decided to put in a large order and try selling the extras. We were only interested in selling enough to cover our costs including the shipping and keep the ones we wanted for our collection. I don't remember how many we kept, somewhere between 50-100 and made a small profit. The vast majority were sold through eBay at low pries as only a couple of people here on PC were interested in them. The shipping alone to us was over $3000. Mel
  6. We also had Drainage Industries and Grand Venture fifteen years ago. Fifteen years ago we ordered and received over 1000 new blow molds from TPI, we ordered them in July and received them in October 2003. Mel
  7. Tico Toys and others also made a spook stick with him in the 60's & 70"s. Mel The devil window candle was made by Spook-O-Lites in the 60's. Mel
  8. The light string was probably made by Peerless, they show up on eBay occassionally. Here's a string with just the devil heads that sold on eBay on July 5, 2018 (five days ago) for $61 + $12.90 shipping. Mel
  9. Without seeing a picture of the large hole and the socket end of the light cord I can't say for sure but it does sound like it could have had a lighting setup similar to the original Beco Santa's, choir kids and angels. Dapol did make at least one Santa with that kind of setup but theirs has a plastic tube to hold the light instead of the metal that Beco used. We have one of those Santas, it has no identifying marks on it but I have pictures of the original box with a Santa to confirm that it is made by Dapol. Mel
  10. What does the lighting setup look like, does it go in the back of the Santa or up from the bottom? How does it fasten to the Santa? Mel
  11. Do you have confirmation that it is Dapol? The only information I have seen or heard on this Santa is others saying it is Dapol, but no printed documentation. Do you have any pictures of the original box, instruction sheet, etc with the Dapol name on them that came with the Santa ? Thanks for any information you might be able to provide. Mel
  12. Does anyone here know who made this pumpkin pail? I know it was made in the mid 70's. Mel
  13. Years ago the skull with candle used to show up occassionally on eBay but I have not seen it available anywhere for a few years now. It would be nice to know what the maker called it, that might make it possible to find more information on it. Richway only called it a skull. Mel
  14. Donna, At this time I do not have any information on the Skull Candle blow mold other then Richway in Atlanta GA sold it in 1975 for $1.99. They also sold the "Owl coming out of pumpkin" for the same price. Mel
  15. Some of the information on Blow-Molded is incorrect and has not been updated over the last year or so. At the end of last year (2017) new information became available on the two blow molds and more recent information leads to General Foam originally making them. So far there has been no confirmed information that Bayshore ever made these. If anyone has any documented information on Bayshore making them it would be great if they would be willing to share it. Mel
  16. Richard, YES, that is the one, now we know both molds still exist and hopefully they will continue to exist. I have been doing more research on that one tonight and unexpectedly I found two newspaper ads from 1975 with that one in them. I guess it is just a matter of putting the right words together to have success in searching. I have spent many years trying to find out when these were made and finally found out one year for each of the two.
  17. It would be great to have that mold saved, it has been a favorite of Halloween collectors for years. What about it's sidekick, does the mold still exist for this one? I have not been able to find any information on it other then that General Foam made it also. I do not know what it is called or what year(s) it was made and I have searched for information on it for 10 years or more. Mel
  18. Is this possibly one that you have marked? It looks to be the mold for the third blow mold from the left in the second picture. The only known information that I have for it is that it was made by General Foam in 1974, I do not know if it was made any other years. I have four 1974 Kress newspaper ads showing it, two from the Honolulu Advertiser and two from the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Mel
  19. Your pumpkins were made by Tico Toys. The one with the battery holder is their #4501 Giant 7" "Lite-Up" Pumpkin. They also made a #4321 Senior 5" "Lite-Up" Pumpkin with diamond shaped eyes and a #4791 Jumbo 10" "Lite-Up" Pumpkin. The other pumpkin looks to be their #450 Giant 7" Pumpkin. They are from the late 60's & early 70's. The lite-up pumpkin takes a GE or Westinghouse #123 bulb or equivalent and should take a C battery. Mel
  20. They also made the lollypop in two sizes, 33" and 52" , both sizes in red and green.
  21. Dapol did mark most of therir blow molds but we have a Dapol Santa that is not marked and it might be the one you found on Blow-Molded. Mel
  22. The original trumpets are 20" long with a 3" diameter at the end. We also have the angels with a blue gown and with a yellow gown that I have not taken pictures of yet. Mel
  23. I knew I recognized that candle but could not place which company made it, I did not think to check our TPI or Universal Electric blow molds. We have both the painted and unpainted versions of the TPI candle and an unpainted version of the larger Universal candle. TPI first made theirs in 1988 or 1989, I don't have those catalogs to confirm the actual year and they made them through 2004 their last year in business. Thank you for posting your pictures and the information on them. Mel
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