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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. I can assure you, it would be more difficult then even I could imagine considering how many there are and so many of the small and large ones packed in boxes and totes. I still need to get pictures of the Christmas, table top and small ones that we got last month. It would be a major project just getting our blow molds out of boxes and bags to take pictures and then get them back into the right boxes and bags after pictures were taken. I have been working at taking pictures of the collection since 2008 when Kev first set up blowmolded.com and I still don't have pictures of at least half of the different blow molds we have let alone any duplicates. We have a friend in Port Orchard who also has a fantastic large collection and without his help we would not have many of the individual ones that we have. He has several that we do not have yet. Mel
  2. Don, sorry to say we have the head only for that brownie, it is from a set of three Mold-Craft "Santa's Brownies" that apparently were new in 1957. Heller Industries also made the brownies after they acquired Mold-Craft in the early 60's and the molds for those were lost in the fire that destroyed Heller Industries in January 1966. The picture of the three Heller heads came from an eBay auction in December 2016. The seller wanted $495 for the three, they were listed several times and the last time I saw them I think the price had been lowered to $375. I don't know if they sold. Mel
  3. Both, we have the Heller Industries (Mold-Craft) life size Nativity ( Joseph, Mary & Christ Child) along with a 44" Heller choir boy & choir girl and a pair of Mold-Craft 29" boy & girl angel singers on display in our living room year round. The rest of the Mold-Craft are in the storage building and trailer. Mel
  4. The Santa says "Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas" and plays either "Jingle Bells", "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" or "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" for a few seconds. I took it out of the box today and tried it out, it works perfect and is in like new condition. I do not know about that snowman, the only snowman I can think of with the sensor and speaker is the one in the attached catalog page. Mel
  5. The collecting of blow molds started with doing a Christmas display and liking the blow molds enough to keep adding some when we could find them. Through the years I became interested in learning more about the blow molds and their history and today my main interest in them is their history, who made them and when they were made. You are mistaken in thinking that I want multiples of everything, my interest is in acquiring ones we do not have in our collection and I very seldom acquire duplicates of anything we have. Most of the duplicates we get are because I forgot we already had one. I have taken pictures of several hundred of the ones in our collection (most all those pictures are shown on http://blow-molded.com/) Most all pictures there without "courtesy of" are of blow molds in our collection. The only duplicates in the pictures in my first post in this thread are the two Drainage "Stick Pumpkins", the two "Pumpkin Clusters" in that picture look identical but they are different and were made from different molds. I know one was made by Drainage Industries but can find no information on the second one, possibly it was made by Integrated Plastics but I have no confirmation on that. A few more pictures of the inside of the storage building. Mel
  6. Donna, I definitely do have a limit on how many duplicates I get and keep for our collection. Most of the collection consists of one of each variation of a particular blow mold but we do have two each of several that we like. Like most everyone else storage is a continuous problem as I find it extremely difficult to resist any blow molds that we do not have in the collection. I have bought several small molds for the collection since getting the 70 from our friend. Several of the 70 are smaller table top molds along with Halloween flashlights, spook sticks, etc but over half of the molds are Christmas ones. Here are a few pictures that I took this morning of the inside of the storage building, I have not taken individual pictures of most all of blow molds yet. There are table top molds and candy pails in most all of the totes and boxes in the pictures. The trailer is too full to be able to take much in the way of pictures. Mel
  7. I found and bought most of the blow molds and a few were gifts, they all came from one person and they were kind enough to deliver them personally. I guess it helps that we are good friends. Most of the blow molds originally came from private collections that our friend acquired and offered to us.
  8. The blow mold storage area. The building is 24' x 36' and is over half full of blow molds including the overhead above the joists, the trailer is 12' x 61' and is packed completely full. The other pictures are of our front porch at the moment, all of the totes are full of blow molds also. The ones on the porch are waiting for me to take some pictures and make plastic bags for them. Mel
  9. Here are a couple of pictures of a few of the Halloween blow molds that are in the approximately 70 blow molds that we received last month. I took the pictures today and still have to get pictures of the rest of them. Mel
  10. I have seen red, blue, white, purple and green that I remember of, they also came in two variation to the shape of them. Mel
  11. We bought our ghost cat at Fred Meyers last year, they were $19.99 regular price and we got it at 20% off for &15.99. We got the ghost dog from Charlie Enos last year also. Fred Meyers carried both the ghost dog and ghost cat last year. Mel
  12. I see that Walmart is supposed to carry a 12" black witch's cauldron made by Amloid this year, I will be checking that one out. They didn't say how much it will be.
  13. Depends on the reason for collecting them. If they were available here I would probably buy one of each for our collection but then I do have a very large collection of candy pails. All but one of the candy pails shown at this link are pictures of some of our collection and we have at least that many more different ones that I have not taken pictures of yet. Mel http://blow-molded.com/Halloween_Candy_Pails.html
  14. I was told that Amloid bought most of the GF candy pail molds so those would have been made from the GF original molds. Winco sold the candy pail by Amloid in the attached picture in 2017. Leisure Products Company Overview of Amloid Corporation Company Overview Amloid Corporation designs and manufactures toys. It offers spring and summer toys, play sets, games and junior sports toys, ride on toys and vehicles, and preschool toys. The company distributes its products to retailers through sales representatives in Laredo, Texas. Amloid Corporation was founded in 1916 and is based in Denville, New Jersey. It has a manufacturing facility in Monterrey, Mexico. Mel
  15. Richard, The information on Cado was in an article on plasticnews.com that I could not download as I am not a subscriber there. Here is the article that I was able to copy and paste to MS Word. Mel Flamingos migrating back to Fitchburg By Frank Antosiewicz Published May 3, 2010 Production of the original Don Featherstone plastic pink flamingo is coming back to roost in central Massachusetts. “They’re back and I’m tickled pink by it,” Featherstone said in a recent telephone interview. 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. Cado is forming its own Union Products Division, and will roll out the new product line at the National Hardware Show, set for May 4-6 in Las Vegas. “It is a tremendous opportunity for us. It is a perfect fit for our company,” said Bruce Zarozny, president and co-owner of Cado. He said Cado had produced the flamingo for the last owner of the line — HMC International LLC of Rome, N.Y. — before it moved production to New York. The pink flamingo was once made by Union Products in Leominster, Mass., which borders Fitchburg. It started production in 1957 after the company hired designer Featherstone, who is from Fitchburg. The bird was injected molded at first, but later was made by blow molding. Union Products folded in 2006 and the intellectual property and molds for the product were sold to HMC in May 2007. The flamingos then were marketed by Faster-Form Corp. Later that year, Faster-Form officials said they were shocked when the firm’s owner, John Waszkiewicz III, died unexpectedly. Cado Products, owned by Zarozny and Vice President Claude Chapdelaine, pursued the Union Products line and reached an agreement with HMC and Faster-Form early this year. Cado is selling the inventory and is still moving some of the equipment from New York to Fitchburg. The Union Products line will include the signature flamingo and water cans and bird baths. Zarozny said his company has been around for 50 years and serves diverse markets, from sporting goods to chemical and military. The firm already has some retail accounts, and Cado plans to promote the line. It has arrangements with Aubuchon Hardware and Ace Hardware, as well as some distributors. The company has also lined up the Featherstones — husband and wife Don and Nancy — to help with marketing. Cado Products operates out of two buildings totaling about 85,000 square feet and may add space, Zarozny said. The firm has already added five employees, bringing its current total to 30. There’s still plenty of work to do to rebuild the Union Products line, but “it just makes sense for us to bring it into the fold,” he said. Copyright 2010 Crain Communications Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. The ghost is from the Grand Venture mold that Cado bought. They had it in their 2017 catalog also. Mel
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
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