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  • 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.
  • 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.

Mel Fischer


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About Mel Fischer

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  • Birthday 06/18/1941

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    Do not have one
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    Mount Vernon, Washington, USA
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    Our main decorating interests are in blow molds and wireframes. At this time our display is 99% static and will probably remain so.
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  1. Yesteryear....

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

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

    Here's the JC Penney ad from December 2, 1962. Mel
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. Yesteryear....

    Your lamp post looks to be from the same time period but it does not look to be the same as the lamp post in the picture. Look at the length of the candle in the top of the lamp post in the picture and the length of yours. The candle in yours is shorter. The one in the picture looks to be like this one but it probably has red trim on the top and not the gold but I can not be sure on that, earlier ones were trimmed in red. The red trimmed ones can be difficult to find. Mel
  9. Yesteryear....

    Should be Empire with a lower case "e".
  10. Yesteryear....

    Donna, I remember his post on the candle and just found and reread the thread. I am not sure if the candle in the newspaper picture is the same but it does look like it could be. I do have an ad now that is from 1968 and shows that candle, so we now know that it was made at least that early. What has surprised me in my searches for newspaper ads with blow molds is that I have found no ads between the years 1968 and 1978 with the Empire or Carolina Enterprises name in them. I have 98 ads from those years that show blow molds we refer to as Empire and 61 of the ads show them as "Judith" or "Judith Novelty" and 37 have no name at all. Mallory Randall Corporation acquired Carolina Enterprises for $12 million in December 1968 and Judith Novelty Sales was a subsidiary of Mallory Randall at the time, apparently Mallory Randall decided to sell the blow molds under the Judith name during their years of owning Carolina Enterprises.
  11. Did Everybody Quit PC?

    Thanks for posting the picture, kind of neat memento of a company that after 60 years will no longer exist. Mel
  12. Yesteryear....

    Not a very good quality picture but here are a few early day Carolina Enterprises blow molds from 1968. Did you know that Carolina Enterprises originally moved to Tarboro NC in 1960? You will need to download and enlarge the picture to read the text at the bottom. Mel
  13. Empire 1974 Christmas Catalog

    In 1975 Sears had the union Products #28540 / #7522 Injection molded 21" Large Christmas Tree. In 1976 they had both the Union Products #28860 / #7520 Injection molded 12" Small Christmas Tree and the #28540 / #7522 Injection molded 21" Large Christmas Tree. That is all they had for what many refer to as blow molds, technically these trees are not true blow molds. JC Penney did not have any blow molds in 1975 & 1976 either. The two different Dapol Santas that I have ads for show them at 32", the one we have is also 32". Mel
  14. Empire 1974 Christmas Catalog

    David, great memory to have and thanks for posting the page those old municipal decorations are always fun to see. The new ones just aren't that enjoyable to me, possibly because I am old like the decorations and they remind me of my younger years. In 1973 I was married and raising seven children, didn't have much money for doing outdoor decorations but we did do some small scale decorating. Mel
  15. Empire 1974 Christmas Catalog

    The large Santa Train was advertised and sold as being "Judith Novelty" by the "CAL Membership Department Store" in the December 5, 1973 Independent Press Telegram newspaper in Long Beach, CA, so it was being sold before 1974. As I recall 1973 was the year of the so called energy crisis, feel free to correct me if I am wrong about the year. Mel