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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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  2. I don't recognize it but the style reminds me of Drainage Products. It also has a bit of a TPI look. Obviously these are just guesses. I haven't ever seen a carrot mouth before. It's odd! TED
  3. Ok, no prob. Ok, no prob. Ok, no prob. Ok, no prob! TED
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  5. I missed this part of the conversation before. (Bracing myself for a painful answer.) When you say Nativity do you mean the whole set (with wise men, animals, etc.) or just Mary, Joseph, Jesus? Also, did anyone buy the Santa's Best set or the Large set? TED
  6. I just looked those up. Send they get mixed reviews at best. Several claiming strings lasted only one season, poor customer support, no Android support unless you are in an older device/version. Applights have their issues as well, but I'm still using several and managed to pickup several boxes of the candy canes last year for pretty cheap. IMHO, these toe of things are great for driveway markers or three either larger decorations (tech tree, it similar), but just too costly and unreliable for the regular strings. I have a few strings that I used to backlight some pumpkin cutouts and an Easter cross. But that's it. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  7. Your wish is the Chinese suppliers command but not in a corn bulb style. Here is a chip-on-board 110V, 500 lumen, white, E12 LED bulb. The killer is if you only want one for $1.56, the $2 shipping charge gets in the way but the shipping charge is the same if you order 10 at $14.77. That's about the same as you would pay a domestic seller for the corn bulbs. Delivery time is fairly quick compared to the ones with free shipping. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dimmable-COB-LED-GY6-35-G4-G8-G9-E10-E11-E12-E14-E17-BA15d-Lamp-bulb-Warm-White/172943361657?hash=item28443a4679:m:mUpk51-tpcrk6MJWLyjBdMg
  8. And a color change c7 of at least 300 lm The ones I have now are a cool white and they are pretty bright. I wouldn't be surprised if they got the 500 lm Mark, or close. I'm going to order some more and test some differences, since I can't be sure which ones I ordered last time. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F173685959174 Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  9. Some manufacture needs to design a 500 lumen, cool white standard C7..
  10. LED corn bulbs Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  11. I use a tote and a 5 gal bucket. Not near as many cords as some I'm sure. Next year I REALLY want to switch to spt1. Custom lengths and less bulky (not running that much amperage on each one, all LED). Twist ties help a ton and avoid tangles. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  12. I keep small cords (SPT-1) in totes. The thing I try is to label each one with length and we’re I put it in the past. I also color code the labels for upstairs porch down stairs porch.....For me it goes pretty fast. When putting back in totes I try to have twist ties or two on each one.
  13. I know we all have tons of extension cords. How does everyone store them in the off season? I currently just wrap my smaller ones up and throw them in a bin. Kind of a mess come this time of year. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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  15. Can any glow mold collectors tell me if I can change my 7watt candelabra base bulb  to a LED type bulb in my blow molds? I’m new to blow molds...if so..what kind of bulb will work..thanks

  16. I have my roof lights on and the palm tree was lit the other night, mostly because I forgot to unplug it after setup testing. I'll leave the roof on and turn the rest on after Thanksgiving. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  17. Here is what I use for white in blow molds. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  18. I've thought about doing nightly teasers as I setup. Whatever I'm working on that day stays on then dark until everything goes on. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  19. I typically don't go live until Thanksgiving, BUT... I should be done with set up by this weekend and, really, whats the point of being done if you can't flip the switch to "ON"?
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    • For Sale
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    Offers are accepted and I am also open to trades as well. Preferably Blow Molds but don’t hesitate to offer anything else. Gemmy 8.5’ Animated Santa’s Snack Wagon Inflatable (Broke)- MAKE OFFER Napco 17” Santa w/ List Figurine- $35 Gemmy Sax Playin’ Santa (Broke)- MAKE OFFER Rare Cool Things Corp. Sing & Swing Santa (Broke)- $50 Mr. Christmas Wooden Advent Tree (Broke)- MAKE OFFER If you have any questions about the items or any offers please let me know.

    NO VALUE SPECIFIED

    Grand Blanc , Michigan - US

  21. I also use 6,9,12,15 ft cords, using LED ,over 100 molds and never a problem. I use di -electric grease
  22. I have several pre-blow mold items and all it takes to keep them in good condition is a steady room tempature that isn't too dry. Update: looking at dates on the advertisements, I have come to the following conculsion: Sculptor **** Wiken left around 1954, however they didnt get a new sculptor until around 1957. This was because after Wiken left and took the rights for his designs with him (they stopped selling almost all Wiken pieces), Mold Craft was allowed to continue to sell certain pieces designed by Wiken, at least for a few years. We know this because of figures like the "Santa's Brownies" elves or the 2 Santas in the previously posted advertisement that were Wiken pieces but stayed in the Mold Craft catalog until the Heller buyout, and were subsequently produeced by them afterwards. Apparently, they retained the rights to both the Life Size deer teams and the King Size team. They lost the rights to the two styles of "Junior Size" team and the Santas for all 5 teams. However, they retained the rights to the two Santas in image 6 (they weren't designed to be used with a deer team.) Additionally, it appears they obviously were allowed to sell off any remaining stock of Wiken's designs that was already on the factory floor. Apparently stock of the Santas for both the Life Size teams ran out first (after all they were the 2 most popular styles.) When this happened they instead started selling it with the Santa with the strung fiberglass beard. This ad is dated after the ads for the sleigh teams but before the ad with the 2 Santas (image 6.) When stock of him ran out too, they started selling the teams with the large Santa from image 6 which was the only large Santa they still had the rights to produce new. Eventually, the stock of the Santa from the King Size set ran out too, so they started selling that set with the only large santa they still had the rights to aswell. So the stand alone Santas were never supposed to be displayed with deer teams, but due to a downright brilliant overstock clearing move by Mold Craft, 2 of the 3 of them were (the smaller one from the 6th image was never sold with any deer teams.)
  23. Ive daisy chained 6ft and 12ft extension cords from blowmold to blowmod for years, never had any problem as long as you use cfl (or other low watt bulb) bulbs. Granted, when i display over 100 blowmolds then i run cords around the side of my house to plug into different circuits. Never blown a fuse once.
  24. I see one on ebay, Cartersville Ga, (within 50 miles of atlanta) for 68$ make offer. Granted its more than 40$ at menards but less than alot of the ebay auctions and maybe you can save the shipping if you will drive to pick up? This way at least yould have one this year.
  25. Interesting. I cant say ive ever seen one of these in person. I dont see any mention of a bulb or lights, so im presuming theyre not lit up like a conventional blowmold. "Molded from a rubber compound". You know how rubber breaks down, dries out, becomes brittle as the years pass by. Probably why you dont see them around so much today.I looked on ebay and there are currently 3 mold craft items listed. The rudolph deer head and the choir girl look to be made of the rubber compound, and have light bulbs on the outside lighting them up. The owl looks more like a conventional blowmold and glows from lightbulb inside. A hand stamped **** wicken choir boy head looks pretty good for its age. It would be cool to have a few of these relics, but admittedly im more in process of getting rid of stuff than accumulating more. :-)
  26. 30 lumens is not very much light. These bulbs are very efficient at 0.6W. You don't need much light from a night light so they are good for that purpose. Those are chip-on-board lights. It's the first time I have seen them outside of the COB bulbs that come from China. The clear globe incandescent lights that originally came with some of my blow molds are rated 250 lumens. That's a good target for the amount of light you want for a larger blow mold but a bit more is even better. That's why I have been suggesting possibly using 80 SMD 3014 LED corn bulbs even though they are only available in warm white. I'm surprised to see that Menards sells all of the bulb designs I use for my LED conversions but they don't sell them in the correct watt/lumen ratings. The SKU for the night lights is Menards® SKU: 3538837 You can see the designs at Menard's specialty lamp listings corn bulb Sku # 3538820 round plate bulb Sku # 3539600 chip-on-board LED light SKU: 3538823
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