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Mel Fischer

A few Halloween blow molds

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On 9/10/2018 at 5:06 AM, Scott Rob said:

Hi, Mel

I noticed you bag all of your blow molds, is this to keep the dust off of them or for other reasons?

For me the ones that came in bags are still in bags but the rest of them are not. Should I be bagging them?

I was also wounding what amount of blow molds are you able to put out each Halloween and Christmas? 

Hi Scott,

Please forgive the delay in replying to your questions, I just plain forgot to do it when you asked and I found your post again today.

I do bag the blow molds to keep the dust and dirt off of them along with it helping some to keep from scratching paint off while moving them around in storage.  When we were doing a display we always cleaned the blow molds good when we took the display down after the holidays and then bagged them up for their protection.  As for you bagging them, that is for you to decide on what kind of condition you want to keep yours in.

Today my wife and I are in our 70's and 80's and along with health conditions the big display got to be too much work for us to set up and as most who do a display know, taking it down and storing it until the next season is more work then the setting it up so we no longer do a display.  My real interest in the blow molds today is the research and history on what was made, by who and when they were made and sharing some of the information when I think it might be of interest to others.

When we were doing a display we usually had around 100 blow molds in the display as we do not really care for the overcrowded look of many of the displays we have seen in the past.  We tried to set the display up somewhat in scenes.  We decorated the area to our tastes and what we liked to look at we did not concern ourselves as much with trying to put up a flashy display and try to attract large crowds to see it but we did hope that those who saw it would enjoy it also.  I do need to say though that we live in the country and are surrounded by big trees and it is difficult to see much of the display from the road.  We always loved the displays we did ourselves and almost every night if the weather permitted I would go out about 15 minutes before the lights went out and just walk around looking at the display and enjoying it.  We always tried to have the first lights on Thanksgiving night  and the last night for the lights on was New Years night.

Here are a few pictures from 2010.

Mel

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On 9/10/2018 at 10:17 AM, Scrooge said:

What an awesome storage facility!  If i had that space i might actually still be putting up the big display. ;)

 

So, im curoius...which of your molds would you say is the oldest?

That depends on a persons definition of a blow mold.  For true holiday blow molds it would have to be some for the Beco ones from 1962 as I have not found any confirmed information on any other company making them in 1962.  It is possible that someone else did make some blow molds in 1962 and before but I have not been able to find any actual proof of that.  If anyone else has proof of another company producing some earlier then 1962 it would be great to have them share the information.

Mel

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On ‎9‎/‎26‎/‎2018 at 4:54 PM, Mel Fischer said:

Hi Scott,

Please forgive the delay in replying to your questions, I just plain forgot to do it when you asked and I found your post again today.

I do bag the blow molds to keep the dust and dirt off of them along with it helping some to keep from scratching paint off while moving them around in storage.  When we were doing a display we always cleaned the blow molds good when we took the display down after the holidays and then bagged them up for their protection.  As for you bagging them, that is for you to decide on what kind of condition you want to keep yours in.

Today my wife and I are in our 70's and 80's and along with health conditions the big display got to be too much work for us to set up and as most who do a display know, taking it down and storing it until the next season is more work then the setting it up so we no longer do a display.  My real interest in the blow molds today is the research and history on what was made, by who and when they were made and sharing some of the information when I think it might be of interest to others.

When we were doing a display we usually had around 100 blow molds in the display as we do not really care for the overcrowded look of many of the displays we have seen in the past.  We tried to set the display up somewhat in scenes.  We decorated the area to our tastes and what we liked to look at we did not concern ourselves as much with trying to put up a flashy display and try to attract large crowds to see it but we did hope that those who saw it would enjoy it also.  I do need to say though that we live in the country and are surrounded by big trees and it is difficult to see much of the display from the road.  We always loved the displays we did ourselves and almost every night if the weather permitted I would go out about 15 minutes before the lights went out and just walk around looking at the display and enjoying it.  We always tried to have the first lights on Thanksgiving night  and the last night for the lights on was New Years night.

Here are a few pictures from 2010.

Mel

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Hi, Mel

Thanks for information what types of bags do you use for your blow mold? Do you get them on-line or at a local store in your area? I think it is a good idea to have mold in bags. Down here in the south it seems to rain for most of November and December so if there is any dust it washes off. But I do clean every thing before I put it up for the year. But I think I will start trying to bag all of my molds. Most of the ones I don't have in bags never had a bag but I keep them in the original  box.

 It is always interesting to see a large display. I do understand having to put up and take down a large display. At my new house my yard is small so I can only put out a small selection of blow molds. Also since I live in a HOA area and inside city I have a lot of rules to follow. So I have to make it a size that can go up in a few days and take down is a few days. Where I live I am not allowed to put up any Christmas on the outside of my house until Nov.22 and Every thing must be put up by Jan.2. I plan on moving again (I hope in the next few years) and getting out of the city and HOA!!!!:). I would rather have a longer drive to work and have freedom to set up my display when and how I like to. I use to live out on a farm in north Georgia and had 1/2 mile of road frontage so I was used to having a large spread. But, I was getting burned out on it since it toke from Nov.1 -Nov.25 to get every thing out and due to snow/work toke from Jan.1-March 15 to put up and box up every thing and put it back in the barn.

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Hi Scott,

I make most of my own bags to fit the different blow molds.  I get free plastic from the dumpsters at a furniture store and a mattress store in town, I have permission from both stores to take the bags and plastic that they throw out.  I cut the plastic for the blow molds and use a bag sealer to seal the edges.  Until a few months ago I used an old food sealer for making the bags a foot at a time and just moved the plastic until the side was sealed, I have made bags that are 5 & 6 foot long and also bags small enough to hold a flashlight  or small table top mold with that method.  The problem with that method through the years was that it basically takes two people to make the bigger bags, one to hold the plastic and one to do the sealing and my wife helped me with that.  A few months ago I bought a plastic sealer that has a foot pedal for doing the sealing and now I can make any size bag by myself.  It is still the same method except I do not need anyone to help me.  A couple of nights ago I made seven bags for some spook sticks and small blow molds without any help and it went faster then when I needed the help.  If you search eBay there might be some a few dollars cheaper.

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Mel

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Hi Mel

Thank you for the information I will check it out. I did get some extra bags at GF factory last October. They had some large bins of free plastic bags. I got some very large bags for life size camels and a few extra. I should have gotten more. I was so overwhelmed my volume/scope/deals that I missed out on a lot. I only wish I had planned that trip a lot better. It was the only trip I have ever had were I was going for a few items on my wish list and came back home towing a large enclosed U-Haul .:)   It was a 11-12 hour drive each way.

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Scott,

I would love to have been able to go to the GF factory but living north of Seattle, WA it was an impossible dream, it would have been a bit more then a 12 hour drive for me.  I would have grabbed all the plastic bags I could get my hands on but then I have had enough years at making the bags that I would have thought about how much time it would have saved me.

Mel

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If it makes you feel better I thought about flying to Norfolk VA and getting a rental truck. The factory was only two miles from the Norfolk airport. My  Hotel rental and high gas prices it would have been cheaper to fly to Norfolk and drive back:) 

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Hi Mel
Thank you for the information I will check it out. I did get some extra bags at GF factory last October. They had some large bins of free plastic bags. I got some very large bags for life size camels and a few extra. I should have gotten more. I was so overwhelmed my volume/scope/deals that I missed out on a lot. I only wish I had planned that trip a lot better. It was the only trip I have ever had were I was going for a few items on my wish list and came back home towing a large enclosed U-Haul .:)   It was a 11-12 hour drive each way.

I regret not getting more of the bags. They had rolls of them in Norfolk and Tarboro.


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On 9/7/2018 at 9:14 PM, Mel Fischer said:

The Santa says "Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas" and plays either "Jingle Bells", "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" or "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" for a few seconds.  I took it out of the box today and tried it out, it works perfect and is in like new condition.  I do not know about that snowman, the only snowman I can think of with the sensor and speaker is the one in the attached catalog page.

Mel

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On 9/28/2018 at 1:46 PM, Mel Fischer said:

Until a few months ago I used an old food sealer for making the bags a foot at a time and just moved the plastic until the side was sealed,

Mel,

Your post reminded me of something I forgot to tell you about.  I remember a few years back I had asked how you make the bags and you told me about using the "Seal-a-meal".  The following summer I went to "Bargains Galore on 64" which is where people all along highway 64 have yard sales (similar to those World's longest yard sale events).  Of course I was on the hunt for blowmolds but did not find any.  Late in the day I was at one sale where they had already started packing up.  I was looking around at the stuff they still had out and found a Seal-a-meal.  I asked the lady how much she wanted for it and she said, "Oh, just take it!"  So I did have some success on the trip even though I didn't find any 'molds.  I haven't made any bags yet but it's on my list of things to do!

TED

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Ted, nice to hear that you have good intentions with the bag making but you might find the longer you wait to start the more difficult it will be to get started due to adding more blow molds and having that much more to do.  I speak from experience there.  I have been making bags again the past couple of weeks and made 16 more bags yesterday afternoon, it is a never ending project because of more blow molds coming in almost every week and then I have gotten 16 different Amloid candy pails the four new Target pails and two American Maid pails that all needed bags.  Fortunately all the candy pails now have their bags along with several of the blow molds that are in the picture of our front porch..

Mel

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Mel I'm sure you are right.  I feel tired just thinking about it!  I have thought about picking up a box of the smaller size "can liners" (clear trash bags) at Sam's to use for the smaller 'molds.  I bought a box of the biggest size a few years ago.  The 'molds I always have trouble with are the ones that are too big for the large size can liners.  Usually they are just 3-4 inches too tall so that the bag can't be tied.  My rate of acquisition has slowed down a lot although I have picked up a few here and there.

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Its October, and 95 degrees.  was outside working on some Christmas lights, just too hot, came and caught up on reading forum post.  awesome molds.

Our best friend came over last week and told us about 20 molds he had that were taking up room, so he took them to the dump.

 

UGG I just was speechless. he said a lot of them were old.  

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Its October, and 95 degrees.  was outside working on some Christmas lights, just too hot, came and caught up on reading forum post.  awesome molds.
Our best friend came over last week and told us about 20 molds he had that were taking up room, so he took them to the dump.
 
UGG I just was speechless. he said a lot of them were old.  

Oh my heavens!!!!


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