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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. That is why I checked the part number on the Empire mold master list because I could not think of any candles that Empire made that would be smooth for the shrink wrap to fit over. Mel
  2. Thank you for posting the pictures of the candles, these are the first close up pictures of them that show the design that I have seen. They are so rarely seen that I had forgotten about them, like Ted I thought the flames looked like Empire but wasn't sure. I see from the Empire part number on the candle that the candle mold itself apparently was made specifically for that candle at the time as Empire calls it a "Candle with shrink sleeve" in their master list for their molds. They introduced your candle as new in 1990 with a catalog #1601 and called it a "Decorative Candle", in 1991 they made it again and they introduced another candle as new using the same candle mold but with a different shrink wrap design and gave is a catalog #1600. They called that one a "Decorative Candle (Poinsettias)". Mel
  3. I love your candles by the fireplace, do you know who made those? Could you post a close up picture of those so we can see some of the detail on them? Mel
  4. Charlie, I did not think you ask you if you made those. If there is a next time I will remember. Mel
  5. Those look to be the large Santa's Best Mickey and Minnie Mouse. I have occasionally seen replacement noses for them on eBay. Mel
  6. Could these pages be an insert to one of the GP catalogs? I noticed they both have "Bulletin GP 5901" on the bottom like it might be both sides of a single sheet. Mel
  7. It is somewhat difficult to tell from the small picture but it looks like it is probably the Holiday Innovations version of the Santa. That is one of two versions we do not have. As I recall they did not take all the Poloron information off the mold and they did not have their name on most of them. Holiday Innovations made the blow molds with the Poloron molds from1988-1991. Mel
  8. I have wondered through the years where the Grand Venture "old Poloron molds" originally came from. The ones that Grand Venture had were acquired from MAC Plastics when MAC Plastics went bankrupt and one of the partners in Grand Venture purchased the company and molds. and renamed the company Falcon Plastics. Falcon Plastics was a sister company to Grand Venture and made all of the GV blow molds for them. Grand Venture never actually made any blow molds Falcon made them and GV was the sales division. If the Grand Venture candles were made from old Poloron molds then Poloron had to have made two different heights of the candle through the years because all of the Poloron candles I have seen or heard about are 38" high and the Grand Venture candles are 36" high. Mel
  9. The snowman row consisted of 35 snowmen spaced 5' apart with no two identical ones in the row. There were a few that looked similar but were painted in different colors. Mel
  10. You are correct, Spielbauer was a distributor. Mel
  11. These were mainly intended for military bases, churches, municipal decorations, etc. Mel
  12. A screenshot of an eBay auction in 2006 for a 1951 **** Wiken reindeer. Check out the price it sold for, the shipping was more then the reindeer. Mel
  13. I found a file with a screenshot from a post made on PC back in 2009 showing a few different Mold-Craft Rudolph reindeer. There were no dates given for them or in the rest of the thread. The post was made by Bill Weis. Mel
  14. The first Mold-Craft Reindeer sculpted by **** Wiken in 1951. The picture is from an April 4, 1951 newspaper. Mel
  15. Mold-Craft did make both Rudolph and the antlered life size reindeer that were painted white. The faun colored Rudolph was their #52-SB and the faun colored antlered deer was their #52-A they also had antlered deer with a white flashing bulb nose #52-AB. The white painted Rudolph was their #52-SBW and the white painted antlered deer was their #52-AW. They also had the white antlered deer with a white flashing bulb nose available. The price was same for either color, the antlered deer with the white flashing bulb nose was $3 more then the antlered deer without the lighted nose. I do not have any information at this time for a white life size set but I do think that they must have sold them as a set also considering there was no difference in the price for the colors. As a side note, Mold-Craft referred to the "brown" colored reindeer as being faun colored in their brochure. Mold-Craft also made the Junior Reindeer in white. The white junior reindeer was #22-AW they also had this one with a white flashing bulb nose #22-ABW. The white painted Junior Rudolph was their #22-SBW. The faun colored Junior antlered reindeer was #22-A. The faun colored junior Rudolph was their #22-SB. The price was the same for either color of the junior reindeer. Mel
  16. The picture that you posted of the three deer has a small white deer while the three deer picture on the image 7 and choir pamphlet has the middle size deer in white. Also the girls in the two pictures are different.
  17. it does not appear to me that image 7 is from the same pamphlet as the 3 deer picture you posted, the picture referenced as on the back cover is different from the picture you posted. I lean towards your image 7 possibly being from 1954 or 1955. The pamphlet with image 7 also has the complete 18 piece choir singer set and to my knowledge Wiken sculpted the last ones for that set in 1954. Your image 2 is no later then 1952 as it has a Milwaukee address and Mold-Craft started their move to Port Washington in 1952. I do think your images 3, 4 and 7 are from the same pamphlet which I lean towards being from 1954 or 1955 at this time. The deer set in image 3 were noted as a "new model life size deer" that year. I think that your images 5 & 6 might have originally been posted here by Bill Weis several years ago Mel
  18. Thank you for the kind words but I do not consider myself as the "king of the blow mold community" I do have a good amount of knowledge about the blow molds but there are others that have a lot of knowledge also . It would be nice if they would be willing to share some of what they know. My information on the years Wiken sculpted for Mold-Craft came from Anna Passante the author of "**** Wiken, Milwaukee Architectural Sculptor" there is a small section on Mold-Craft in the book. I was in contact with her while she was writing the book and she told me she communicated with Wiken's daughter Jori who had Wiken's old files and records from the time period he worked with Mold-Craft. The book has photos on pages 56, 58 & 59 that I contributed. Which deer pamphlet (the one with the color Image of 3 of the sizes on the front) as possibly being from 1951 are you referring to, could you please post a picture of it? Does it have a location for Mold-craft on it (Milwaukee or Port Washington)? Mel
  19. David, do you have any information on the double sided one in the first picture in this thread? It is different from the ones in the page that you posted. Mel
  20. Hi Scott, Your Santa is the 40" Empire #15791 Santa, they also made him as their #16261 "African American Santa". He was introduced as new in their 1999 catalog. In their 2000 catalog they have him as their #1579 and do not mention the African American version. They only had him for two years and we don't see him very often General Foam bought Empire's molds in 2000 and both the Santa and African American Santa are in their 2001 catalog. They made him up through 2011. I will check my files and see if I have anything on the candles. Mel
  21. Another Mold-Craft king size set with a different Santa circa 1957. Mel
  22. An honorable profession for anyone who takes pride in their work. I was only in the trade for about 15 years, we bought a business in 1974 to supplement the income but by 1977 the business was giving us a comfortable income and I left the electrical trade and spent the rest of my working years with the business. We retired in 1999 and have enjoyed retirement and blow molds continuously since then. At this time our blow mold collection consists of over 1000 with very few duplicates and my real interest these days is researching the history of the blow molds and the makers of them. Mel
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