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Mel Fischer

1968 Frank's Nursery & Trims

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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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Very nice!  I miss Franks Nurseries.    Had them here in PA and they always sold a nice selection of molds during the holidays.  Thanks for sharing.

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2 hours ago, Mel Fischer said:

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

 

 

 

 

I should have included Poloron in the list of companies that made the molds.

Mel

Lansing State Journal (1968-12-01) (1).jpg

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I remember Franks while growing up in Chicago. Used to get a lot of decorations from there

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I miss Franks So Much !   They always had a great selection of Lights and decorations for Christmas. 

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I very good friend of my wife's, used to work at Frank's in ,I believe ,Streamwood....many many years ago!! There where some cool  schtufff,there!!!

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The blow molds were cheap, but I couldn't help notice that $1.33 for a 35 count light string seemed pretty dang expensive in comparison!  No wonder Pop didn't have a bunch of Christmas lights when I was a kid.

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On 4/6/2018 at 5:08 PM, Mel Fischer said:

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

Wow--you can't view those without feeling nostalgic!  Thanks for sharing them.  (There weren't any Franks stores around here so unfortunately I've never been in one.)

TED

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