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A couple of newspaper ads with Union Products blow molds.  The first ad is from 1972 and has Mr. Claus, Mrs. Claus and Jolly George, Union Products introduced all three as new that year.  The second ad is from 1973 and has Mr. Claus, Mrs. Claus, Jolly George and Mrs. Jolly George.  Mrs. Jolly George was introduced as new in 1973.  They are 13" table top pieces with original first year prices for each of them.

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Funny, in the first ad I focused on the Poloron Santa and the list of other molds (presumably Poloron) that they had.  Gold Triangle, part of Federated Department Stores, now Macy's.  When they closed, they were converted to Richway, an upscale discount department store (in the south), sister chain to Gold Circle upscale discount department stores (ala Target) in the north.  All owned by Federated.  

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