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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.
  • 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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About donna123

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Scrooge with Albert Finney
  • Location
    Upstate NY
  • Biography
    Happily married mom of 3 and grandma of 3
  • Interests
    Christmas and Halloween blow molds
  • Occupation
    Retired from accounting/tax prep, now I babysit for my grandsons
  • About my display
    I have about 50 to 60 blow molds for Christmas and Halloween.

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  1. donna123

    GFC BAT H1074

    Yes, I remember when another member posted about buying samples from them when they were closing and on the back was info about the color mixture. That's a nice keepsake.
  2. And even a Spook Stick! Mel, I enjoy all the old ads you post and can't help remembering how dirty the black print ink use to make my fingers. I enjoy looking to see where the ads are from because 99% of the time I never heard of them. The last one I recognized was Franks. "Spook-O-Lites" ...you just have to love the name for sure!
  3. donna123

    Happy Halloween lighted sign vs Union blow mold

    Thanks, I think so too! I hope you are enjoying the summer and staying cool. 🙂
  4. I found this wonderful double sided Happy Halloween lighted sign on ebay. Unfortunately there are no markings on it. It looks just like the Union Happy Halloween blow mold without the stars.
  5. That is just too funny! The last time I searched ebay for "blow mold devil", in current and sold, these were not listed and then there they are posted even with the maker. It's so funny that you can spend time trying to find information and then it gets plopped in your lap. Well this particular devil head design sure seems like he got around. He became a candy container, window candle, candy pail and light string. 😀
  6. The winning bid was $138.25. Congrats to the winner.
  7. I came across reproductions of a few TICO TOYS catalog pages that someone made into metal signs. On the page you can see the "Jr." size pumpkin at the top left and the devil, skull and larger pumpkin at the bottom. Also, on the cover page you can see the witch holding the devil's head. It seems possible that they could have been made by Tico Toys since we know that they sold blow molds that were lighted. I'm taking a guess here that in 1972 they did not use those red and black wires anymore.
  8. Mikeymatic, thanks for the information. I always get inspired to do a little research when I see something like this. I hope Mel joins in and has some answers for us! I have a couple of old catalogs that go back a long time, but they are Christmas. The earliest one I have for Halloween is 1972 Bayshore and they did not make the above items. Obviously the blow molds above are much older.
  9. This set was sold on ebay back in April. It was listed for $124.99, a best offer was accepted. Here you can see the devil is in the middle position. Maybe the owners changed the positions around. I would love to know who made these and if they came as a set. If these didn't come as a set then it is remarkable that multiple people would choose these 3 blow molds to wire together in a similiar way.
  10. Rich in Las Vegas, I think what got my attention in the first place was the bidding because many, many blow mold lovers do not like when a blow mold has been altered in any way. Mikeymatic, I never knew what those red beads on the old light strings were for until now. Also, I loved those flame bulbs. We used to use them when I was growing up. I remember the blue ones especially because some would light up blue and some would look like a violet color. Scott Rob, The vintage pumpkin light sting is amazing! Also, is that a window candle or is that devil head the same size as the blow mold above? Big J, Hey! I hope you're staying cool this summer!
  11. I found a different pic on Pinterest, but no info about the light string. I guess my question about the above string set being embelished is answered. That's a big YES!
  12. I copied close-up pics of each. Do you think that they are touched up by hand? Btw...that's some wicked old wiring right there
  13. This 3 string set is currently on ebay and the bidding is high. I am not familiar with this string as to who made it and if the pieces have been hand embelished. Does anyone know if this is original or not? The brows on the pumpkin don't look right to me.
  14. donna123

    Need advice

    You are very welcome......good luck!
  15. donna123

    Need advice

    Darn, cropping usually works. I don't know what you are using to take the photos. Would it be possible to lower the resolution and then take the photos so the file size is smaller without degrading your image too much? I usually use my very old ipad which has a terrible camera, but it ends up being ok for posting on here.
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