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  • 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.
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  2. Yesteryear....

    The December 2, 1967 McAlpin's newspaper Ad with Empire / Carolina Enterprises blow molds. Mel
  3. Early start

    Same here I also do some type of display for every holiday. I have one for Valentines Day, one for Saint Patrick’s Day, five (soon to be seven) for Easter, One for Fourth Of July, forty for Halloween, four for Thanksgiving, and 100 for Christmas.
  4. Yesteryear....

    Brian, you are not the first to suggest that but I wouldn't know where to start on making a book, Mel
  5. Yesteryear....

    Mel, you need to think about making a real book on blowmolds. You, and many others on here, have a great collection of historical documents coupled with knowledge. I wish I had the time I used to so I could dig this deep too. Thanks for sharing.
  6. Yesterday
  7. Yesteryear....

    Here's the JC Penney ad from December 2, 1962. Mel
  8. needs repair, as seen in picture. I am selling this on Ebay no reserve $0.99 plus shipping if interested https://www.ebay.com/itm/323093691072
  9. Eary Carolina Enterprises

    You wanna hear a crazy story? So GFP had a huge painting, probably 8 feet wide of the Norfolk warehouse. It was purchased in November. The person who bought it, only bought it for its frame. Was going to throw out the painting. I was so bummed that I didn't buy it. But I really don't know where I would put a giant painting.
  10. Did Everybody Quit PC?

    Thanks @Mel Fischer. It is a neat memento. I really miss going to GFP next year. My wife and I got married six years ago and that is when we started going as a family and got into collecting and decorating for Christmas. GFP will always be a huge part of my family's Christmas.
  11. Yesteryear....

    This is all awesome!
  12. just got this coca cola bear, not sure if I am gonna display, keep him or sel him
  13. Yesteryear....

    Steve, thanks for the links, I now have those ads. The ones in the JC Penney ad are Beco. I completely forgot that I do have some pages that confirm Empire/Carolina Enterprises before 1968, some are shown in the NOMA Lites Canada 1965 & 1967 catalogs.
  14. Yesteryear....

    Wow I didn't know the toys by empire are that old
  15. Yesteryear....

    Mel, here's an ad from McAlpin's Department Store here in Cincinnati. It appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer December 3, 1967. I printed it out about 20 years ago at a local library. I've also posted a shot of the entire ad preview page from the archive site Newspapers.com to verify the date. Looks like most of the non dated pieces we are familiar with are listed in the ad. Below is the link to the dated search I did as well as a link to a more general search using the phrase from the ad: "outdoor illumined". If you scroll through that list, you can see there are more McAlpin's ads for Christmas blow molds as early as 1963 and 1964. I don't have a subscription to the site yet so I can only see the small preview photos and can't determine who made them. There is a 7 day free trial. I plan to try that when I have more time to explore the papers. https://www.newspapers.com/search/#lnd=1&ymd=1967-12-03&query=outdoor+illuminated&t=844&oquery=outdoor+illuminated++december+3%2C+1967 https://www.newspapers.com/search/#lnd=1&query=outdoor+illuminated&offset=5&t=844 Here's a 1962 JCP ad with blowmolds... https://www.newspapers.com/image/101656472/?terms=outdoor%2Billuminated
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  18. What are you adding to your Wireframe display 2017?

    I have some round bar and lights laying around, I might try my hand at making a "Merry Christmas" or maybe a snow man. I don't have budget due to house repairs that I just paid for so need to use what I have for the most part.
  19. Eary Carolina Enterprises

    Yes, Carolina Enterprises had been in Tarboro for about two years when the picture was taken. They moved into that building when it was completed the first of the year 1960. At the time the picture was taken about 65 percent of Carolina Enterprises employees were women. Mel
  20. What are you adding to your Wireframe display 2017?

    Well, been busy, got good report on my heart so I am back to leading a normal life, so I have been designing and already have stock cut and shaped for the following. 6 4' candles, 1 cow, 1 donkey, Dog & Cat singing by a lamp post, 2 more nutcrackers, a 5' long sleigh and this weekend starting on 5 more reindeer. So for next year that will bring my count of wire frames to 42 units. Plus everything else. Think it's time to build a 10x10 shed in the yard, tried of carrying them all up and down from the basement.
  21. Eary Carolina Enterprises

    Was this in Tarboro?
  22. Eary Carolina Enterprises

    Once again not a high quality picture, here's an aerial picture of the original Carolina Enterprises building in November 1961. At the time this picture was taken Carolina Enterprises made plastic buttons and over 100 toys. Mel
  23. Yesteryear....

    Steve, do you have any evidence that Empire/Carolina Enterprises made holiday blow molds before 1968? I have always thought they did but have no actual printed evidence of that.
  24. Sandblasting wireframes

    Need some advise. Building a bunch of new frames this year probably around 15-20. In the past I have used wire wheels for cleaning frames. I want to switch to sand blasting. Lots of stuff on the market. Want something that will do the job but not break the bank. Will need compressor and blaster. Anyone at PlanetChristmas that has a setup that they are happy with and would recommend. Expecting cost around 250-300. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. My previous frames from two years of exposure are showing signs of rust.
  25. Did Everybody Quit PC?

    I'm one of those that took a break the last few months. Learned a lot and built up a pretty big blow mold display. Big for me anyway. Then I switched to focusing on my indoor display and spent my time on FB groups. I'm back on here now and will be more often as I start thinking about my display next year. Though I have to say, I really, really do not like this new layout. I usually am all for change, but this last one is not my favorite.
  26. GF Bell

    I lit mine up by making custom C7 light cords for each one. I'll find pics later to post. First I actually cut off the entire bottom of the bell so they could stack during the off season so they take up less space. I then drilled a small hole in the top to feed SPT cord through. Then I placed 3 C7 socked inside the bell. Two solid white lights, and one twinkle white light. This way the bells always look lit, but still have a twinkle effect. Each bell has it's own plug. I then ran a length of SPT cord along the gutter and placed a female outlet at each spot I wanted to hang a bell. To hang the bells I used Carabiner hooks that fit inside the existing hole, then hung them from gutter hooks. I loved the way the looked. Though I am intrigued by the idea of stenciling NOEL on them.
  27. Yesteryear....

    Mel, do you have the rest of this article? It mentions photos of larger Santas "pictured below". We may have learned two things. 1) If Judith Novelty was a part of Mallory Randall Corporation, and it bought Carolina Enterprises in December, 1968, that means the Pixies marked Judith Novelty 1966 were not Empire products. 2) The oldest Empire products, such as the Nativity above, were not dated. That dating began in 1968. Judith Novelty's influence as they dated their Pixie molds? Are you aware what year Empire was founded? Also, where was the factory located prior to moving to Tarboro in 1960?
  28. Never made Production

    A few molds. Has happened with almost every company. The famous Critter Tree from Empire. Or Linus with the Great Pumpkin from GF. Only the prototype to that one exists. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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