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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.

Mel Fischer

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  1. Mel Fischer

    Finally got a blue beco

    Thanks for posting the picture of the two variations. Mel
  2. Mel Fischer

    American Maid

    Ted, it is my understanding that Amloid bought the molds for most of the pails but not all of them, but that is second hand information from a person who had a contact at GF before they closed. I noticed the same thing about the "painted" faces on the pails at Walgreens and know what you mean about not knowing how to describe it. Mel
  3. Mel Fischer

    American Maid

    We went to Winco to do some shopping today and I came home with these. The big one is 12" high with a 14" diameter, they were made in the USA by American Maid. We already have one of the small one but I think this is the first time I have seen the large one. Mel
  4. Mel Fischer

    Fred Meyers

    Ted, did Walgreens have any colors other then orange for the pails?
  5. Mel Fischer

    Fred Meyers

    We went to Fred Meyers and Walgreens today, Fred Meyers had 20% off all Halloween and I couldn't resist getting two each of the cat and puppy. Walgreens had the Amloid candy pail so I got one of those. Mel
  6. Mel Fischer

    Target

    Went to Target today and came home with these. They are definitely different from the ones they sold in past years so I had to add them to the collection.
  7. Mel Fischer

    Home Depot Dragon

    I want one of those for each side of the steps to protect me from my kids!!!!
  8. Mel Fischer

    I swear it just followed me home

    I would love to see that one lighted also, please post a picture when you have time. I don't think I have seen those deer in white plastic before. Mel
  9. Mel Fischer

    eBay find at a reasonable price

    Your Empire candle is their catalog #1504 NOEL candle, red NOEL and red berries color variation. I did a study on these NOEL candles several years ago and they had four color variations through the years. The number 024259 was their part number for the aluminum mold that they made the candles from and the 1504 was the actual catalog number for the candle. This color variation was made from 1981 through 1985. You can see the four color variations here http://blow-molded.com/Empire___Candles.html Mel
  10. Mel Fischer

    Fred Meyers

    I see the rip off artists are really at it again, there's a puppy listed on eBay for $114.95 plus shipping, I think the shipping was over $12. We paid $26.25 including sales tax each for ours. Mel
  11. Mel Fischer

    A few Halloween blow molds

    Here are a couple of pictures of a few of the Halloween blow molds that are in the approximately 70 blow molds that we received last month. I took the pictures today and still have to get pictures of the rest of them. Mel
  12. Mel Fischer

    Seen these today

    The large pail looks to be the one that General Foam made for Target in past years, I wonder if Target originally owned the molds for them and had GF make the pails for them or if they bought the molds when GF closed.
  13. Mel Fischer

    Lowes 2018

    Apparently a completely new Mickey and Minnie, here's a picture of the ones from last year. Mel
  14. Mel Fischer

    Fred Meyers

    It is my understanding that Kroger is the parent company of Fred Meyers. Mel I would rate the ones we got at 9 or 10 compared to what we have seen for quality of blow molds the past few years. Mel
  15. Mel Fischer

    Lowes 2018

    I was in Lowes today and they had very little Halloween out, no Christmas at all. Mel
  16. Mel Fischer

    Lowes 2018

    We bought the candy cane, toy soldiers, Mickey and Minnie last year. We got 2 candles, Santa and snowman in 2016. Mel
  17. Mel Fischer

    American Maid

    Ted, those pails would be made by Amloid from the General Foam molds. I need to go to Walgreens and check them out to see which ones they have. Mel Amloid Corporation designs and manufactures toys. It offers spring and summer toys, play sets, games and junior sports toys, ride on toys and vehicles, and preschool toys. The company distributes its products to retailers through sales representatives in Laredo, Texas. Amloid Corporation was founded in 1916 and is based in Denville, New Jersey. It has a manufacturing facility in Monterrey, Mexico.
  18. Mel Fischer

    American Maid

    The big pail is basically the same size as the large General Foam one that Walmart sold and is smaller then the large General Foam one that Target sold. Mel
  19. Mel Fischer

    American Maid

    No stickers, they are painted they had five of the large ones and they all had hairline scratches in the paint and I took the one that looked the best. The scratches are fine enough that they do not show up in the picture and could probably be hidden with a sharpie but I will leave it as it is. Mel
  20. Mel Fischer

    A few Halloween blow molds

    I can assure you, it would be more difficult then even I could imagine considering how many there are and so many of the small and large ones packed in boxes and totes. I still need to get pictures of the Christmas, table top and small ones that we got last month. It would be a major project just getting our blow molds out of boxes and bags to take pictures and then get them back into the right boxes and bags after pictures were taken. I have been working at taking pictures of the collection since 2008 when Kev first set up blowmolded.com and I still don't have pictures of at least half of the different blow molds we have let alone any duplicates. We have a friend in Port Orchard who also has a fantastic large collection and without his help we would not have many of the individual ones that we have. He has several that we do not have yet. Mel
  21. Mel Fischer

    A few Halloween blow molds

    Don, sorry to say we have the head only for that brownie, it is from a set of three Mold-Craft "Santa's Brownies" that apparently were new in 1957. Heller Industries also made the brownies after they acquired Mold-Craft in the early 60's and the molds for those were lost in the fire that destroyed Heller Industries in January 1966. The picture of the three Heller heads came from an eBay auction in December 2016. The seller wanted $495 for the three, they were listed several times and the last time I saw them I think the price had been lowered to $375. I don't know if they sold. Mel
  22. Mel Fischer

    A few Halloween blow molds

    Both, we have the Heller Industries (Mold-Craft) life size Nativity ( Joseph, Mary & Christ Child) along with a 44" Heller choir boy & choir girl and a pair of Mold-Craft 29" boy & girl angel singers on display in our living room year round. The rest of the Mold-Craft are in the storage building and trailer. Mel
  23. Mel Fischer

    A few Halloween blow molds

    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
  24. Mel Fischer

    A few Halloween blow molds

    The collecting of blow molds started with doing a Christmas display and liking the blow molds enough to keep adding some when we could find them. Through the years I became interested in learning more about the blow molds and their history and today my main interest in them is their history, who made them and when they were made. You are mistaken in thinking that I want multiples of everything, my interest is in acquiring ones we do not have in our collection and I very seldom acquire duplicates of anything we have. Most of the duplicates we get are because I forgot we already had one. I have taken pictures of several hundred of the ones in our collection (most all those pictures are shown on http://blow-molded.com/) Most all pictures there without "courtesy of" are of blow molds in our collection. The only duplicates in the pictures in my first post in this thread are the two Drainage "Stick Pumpkins", the two "Pumpkin Clusters" in that picture look identical but they are different and were made from different molds. I know one was made by Drainage Industries but can find no information on the second one, possibly it was made by Integrated Plastics but I have no confirmation on that. A few more pictures of the inside of the storage building. Mel
  25. Mel Fischer

    A few Halloween blow molds

    Donna, I definitely do have a limit on how many duplicates I get and keep for our collection. Most of the collection consists of one of each variation of a particular blow mold but we do have two each of several that we like. Like most everyone else storage is a continuous problem as I find it extremely difficult to resist any blow molds that we do not have in the collection. I have bought several small molds for the collection since getting the 70 from our friend. Several of the 70 are smaller table top molds along with Halloween flashlights, spook sticks, etc but over half of the molds are Christmas ones. Here are a few pictures that I took this morning of the inside of the storage building, I have not taken individual pictures of most all of blow molds yet. There are table top molds and candy pails in most all of the totes and boxes in the pictures. The trailer is too full to be able to take much in the way of pictures. Mel
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