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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.
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Mel Fischer

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  1. Mel Fischer

    Been busy again

    Been busy making bags for the blow molds again. The Santa's Best AA Mrs Claus bag is 36" x 66" and the AA Santa bag is 36" x 72". The plastic sealer I bought several months ago for making the bags is a dream for making these extra large bags of heavy plastic without any help needed. Mel
  2. Mel Fischer

    Been busy again

    Yes, I think it would do 2 mil and possibly less, I do not know what the mil is on most of the plastic that I have used is but I have done thinner plastic then what General Foam, Union Products, etc. used for their bags. The only bags I use the thicker mattress plastic for are the large ones like in the picture. For some of the mattresses they use a much thinner plastic. I know you can use plastic as thin as a bread plastic bag as I have occasionally used them for temporary bags for other things. I have also used it to make padded bags out of bubble wrap. I just went on Amazon and read the questions and reviews on this sealer and an answer to one of the questions said that they use it on 2 mil. The reviews are mixed from good to bad as expected but I have been very satisfied with ours, it is better then what I expected and I have not had some of the problems some reviewers complain about. I did have a problem with the heating element (wire) and the seller refunded enough money to purchase two new elements on eBay which were easy for me to find. As it turned out, I was able to fix the original wire problem and am still using that original one and have the two from eBay as spares if needed. The problem I had was that one end piece was not clamped on the wire tight enough and it came off, I clamped a new one on and it is still working after making well over a bags with it. These are the replacement elements that I bought. https://www.ebay.com/itm/PFS-300-2-x-12-Impulse-Heat-Sealer-Replacement-Element-Kits-Fast-US-Ship/182665535112?hash=item2a87b6de88:g:iM0AAOxypNtSh8Lz:sc:USPSFirstClass!98277!US!-1:rk:1:pf:0 Mel
  3. Mel Fischer

    Been busy again

    No secret, I get the plastic from a couple of mattress stores, it comes from mattresses they have sold and they throw out the protective cover from the mattresses that they have sold and delivered. I received permission from the stores to collect the plastic from their dumpsters. Some of the plastic is in bad shape but other pieces are in good condition. the two large bags in the picture were made from one piece of plastic from a mattress. The plastic comes in different thicknesses, these happen to be the thicker type. The sealer I bought seals 12" at a time and is foot operated so I do not need the help I needed when using the small food sealer that I originally used. The heat time is adjustable for sealing different thicknesses of plastic and the stand that came with it is at a height that I can sit comfortably on a chair while sealing the plastic to make the bags which makes it easy to make the 5 - 6 foot long bags. I still need to make a couple of longer bags for a couple of life size wisemen. The sealer I have is like the one in this eBay auction. https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-110V-12-Foot-Pedal-Impulse-Sealer-Heat-Seal-Machine-Plastic-Bag-Sealing-US/401488401210?hash=item5d7a92d33a:g:HkcAAOSww-BacNwo:rk:1:pf:0 I do wonder at times how many of the people who spend many hours stripping and repainting their blow molds large or small actually think about protecting them in the off season from scuffs and scrapes from banging them around while putting them away with bags so they will continue to look great. Mel
  4. Mel Fischer

    Been busy again

    Fortunately no smoke, at least not yet. We had enough of that last summer with smoke from Oregon, eastern Washington and British Colombia, my wife has COPD and I have emphysema and we were confined indoors for several days at that time. Thanks for the compliment on the bags, I have made more of the extra large bags today since making the post. Mel
  5. Mel Fischer

    Zombie flamingo article.

    I agree on the skelemingos, we have both sizes of the Zombie flamingos but are lacking the skelemingos in our collection.
  6. Mel Fischer

    2018 blow mold sidewalk!

    Did you go to General Foam when they were closing?
  7. Mel Fischer

    Anyone know who made these candles?

    Yes, your candles are from Union Products, one of the identifiers to who made them is the date sticker, the original UP used to do that with their blow molds we have several new ones from the factory in our collection marked that way. They are also shown in the UP catalogs. You might try contacting Cado/Union Products and see if you could buy flames from them. All but three of the candles shown in the Union Products candle section on blow-molded.com are pictures of ones in our collection. We do have others that I have not taken pictures of yet.
  8. Mel Fischer

    Target

    The local Target here did not have the big ones either, we had to go to another Target store that we usually don't go to.
  9. 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.
  10. Mel Fischer

    Bel Air Plastics blow mold candle

    That has been my thoughts on the lettering from the day I first saw them.
  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

    Bel Air Plastics blow mold candle

    We have newspaper ads from 1970 & 1971 with the Bel Air #172 candle in them. We have had a pair of those for many years now along with the Bel Air #700 Santa. Mel
  13. Mel Fischer

    Mold craft / heller carolers

    That would be very much appreciated. Mel
  14. Mel Fischer

    Amloid candy pails

    Walmart finally got some of their Halloween items out and they had a few of the Amloid candy pails made from the GF molds. They had nothing of interest to me at all otherwise. The orange pail in the first picture came from Walgreens, the other five came from Walmart and were the only selection that they had. The two in the second picture came from Kmart. All of the pails were made in Mexico, Amloid has a factory there. Mel
  15. Mel Fischer

    Mold craft / heller carolers

    I think that you will find that most people who might have information on that one are not necessarily willing to share it. None them will share it with me. Mel
  16. Mel Fischer

    Mold craft / heller carolers

    Here's a Mold-Craft picture postcard from the early 1950's showing the Wiken choir signers. The one in the top row left end was their #220-4 and was named "Sam". In the bottom row left end is #200-7 and was named "Ebony". Bottom row center is #200-9 "Topsy". Wiken designed and copyrighted these between 1951 and 1954. The second picture is the Heller Industries black choir singer, I do not know anything about that one other then it had to have been made sometime between 1962 and 1965. The molds for all of these choir singers were destroyed in a fire in 1966. Mel
  17. Mel Fischer

    Mold craft / heller carolers

    What kind of information are you looking for?
  18. Mel Fischer

    Amloid candy pails

    Was at Walmart yesterday and got the nutcracker and they had the Amloid teal color pails out so I got two of those. Mel
  19. 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
  20. Mel Fischer

    Amloid candy pails

    What we have found so far in the Amloid candy pails. The pails in the first picture all came from Walmart, the pails in the second picture have the Kmart and Walgreens pails in the stack on the right with the top two from Kmart and the bottom two from Walgreens. Mel This is an Amloid pail that we got last year before they bought the General Foam pail molds. Mel
  21. Mel Fischer

    A few Halloween blow molds

    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
  22. Mel Fischer

    1968 Frank's Nursery & Trims

    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
  23. Mel Fischer

    A few Halloween blow molds

    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
  24. Mel Fischer

    A few Halloween blow molds

    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. https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-110V-12-Foot-Pedal-Impulse-Sealer-Heat-Seal-Machine-Plastic-Bag-Sealing-US-/401488401210?hash=item5d7a92d33a Mel
  25. Mel Fischer

    A few Halloween blow molds

    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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