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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. 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
  2. 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
  3. Does anyone here know who made this pumpkin pail? I know it was made in the mid 70's. Mel
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. They also made the lollypop in two sizes, 33" and 52" , both sizes in red and green.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. In 2007 or 2008 Harold Featherstone told me that Faster Form sold over half the Union Products molds for scrap and some that they kept they only had half the mold. I have a newspaper interview with Don Featherstone that I need to find, the article states that UP made as many as 800 different products at the time. By the time Cado bought the UP name and molds a May 3, 2010 article stated "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." So apparently only about 25% of the original 800 different molds still existed when Cado purchased the UP name and molds from Faster Form, also, how many of the molds are lawn and garden and how many are holiday? That is a question that Cado will probably not answer for us.
  16. The toy soldier looks to be from the Empire / General Foam mold, when you compare the hats and the feet and the chest you will see that it definitely is not from the original UP mold. Mel
  17. I would say you have an original box for the carolers. Here's another box with the same numbers and the carolers are with the box. I also added a Lidco box for their small candle that I noticed the stamped on number 98092 is one number higher then the caroler number 98091. Mel
  18. I should have included Poloron in the list of companies that made the molds. Mel
  19. Some Frank's Nursery & Trims newspaper ads from the 12/01/68 Lansing State Journal with Hamilton-Skotch, Judith Novelty, L A Goodman and MSL Industries blow molds. Mel
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    A seldom seen pair of Hamilton-Skotch 38" candles. Mel
  21. Well we found out who leaked the catalog cover, it was Travis Kenzig himself so now hopefully my name will be cleared of that one.
  22. A pair of Poloron candy canes from 1966 that are rarely seen. There must be others out there but these are the only ones I have personally seen through the years. Mel
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