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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


Everything posted by Mel Fischer

  1. Did Everybody Quit PC?

    I really don't know what to say other then THANK YOU for the kind words, I really do appreciate them. It is a lot of work as you know and my main goal has always been to share and try to help educate others about the history of the different holiday blow molds along with some of the miscellaneous other blow molds. I have spent thousands of hours and thousands of dollars through the years to gain what blow mold knowledge I have and still there is so much I do not know about them, fortunately during the past couple of weeks I have gained new knowledge on some blow molds from the 60's that I have searched for many years and at this time I would like to publicly say Thank You Richard for the information. He shared the information out of kindness. Now I will stop rambling on.... Mel
  2. General Foam Norfolk factory

    An overhead view of the General Foam Norfolk facility that is for sale for $6,400,000. Mel
  3. General Foam Auction Tarboro

    Don, I have been hearing that Cado bought very few of the molds, maybe about a dozen and the rest went to an online or phone bidder. Last I heard no one knew who that bidder was at the time.
  4. General Foam Auction Tarboro

    I do not know when Empire made those carolers. We have both the Empire carolers and the Lidco carolers and I need to get them out and compare them again, I have always thought that Empire got at least some of the Lidco molds and that was one they made. I know Lidco made them in the 60's and at least as late as 1970 as I have a 1970 newspaper ad that shows them. The ad does not say they are Lidco but it does say "Colorful illuminated figures on white styrofoam bases" and Lidco is the company that used the white styrofoam bases. I do not know if GF made that pumpkin. Mel
  5. General Foam Auction Tarboro

    Thanks for the link and pictures, I just finished saving all the pictures from the auction site, very time consuming. I see there is a Dapol, Lidco and Empire mold in your pictures. There are many pictures that I need to enlarge and get mold and part numbers from and I think I saw one or two Poloron molds and several more Empire molds in the pictures. I wonder how many were sold for possible future reuse and how many went for scrap? Mel
  6. Can anyone tell me about this lantern?

    I am not sure about who made that lantern, it is shown in the 1967 & 1968 Noma Lites Canada Limited catalogs as #1300 Noel Coach Lanterns. That does not necessarily mean that NOMA made them though, they also show Empire blow molds in those catalogs. Noma Lites Canada Limited was in Scarborough, Ontario at the time. They are also shown in the 1966 Eaton's Christmas catalog at 2 for $11.95. Mel
  7. GFP Closing

    A cast aluminum mold for the Santa shown in the picture, if I recall correctly this picture was on the website of the company that made the aluminum mold. Please correct me if I am wrong about that. This picture has been floating around on the internet for several years. Mel
  8. GFP Closing

    Richard, I think the average blow mold collector including myself has already lost a lot of the history and will never see it return in our lifetime. All the big well known manufacturers are now gone and even if someone buys the GF molds we will never see blow molds in the stores like they were in the 70's through the early 2000's again. The stores do not want to take up the shelf / floor space for them anymore and the prices have gotten so high that the average decorator will put their money into other lower cost decorations. A good example is to look at the Gemmy blow molds that Lowes had last Christmas and how many complained about the high prices at $39.99 each and they either could not afford them or would not buy them for other reasons.
  9. Did Everybody Quit PC?

    Good to see someone new, I think people are probably getting bored with my ramblings and want some new blood in here. Mel
  10. GFP Closing

    It doesn't really matter anymore why they closed their doors now that it has been done, apparently the owners decided they did not want the company anymore and so when they could not sell it they closed and shut it down. The CEO was still employed and paid by the company if he was hired by owners to close it down. Non-owners of the company could not hire someone to come in and close the company down without the companies owners agreeing to it. Feel free to correct if I am wrong about that. Mel
  11. General Foam - Former Empire Factory

    Steve, thanks for the information, I got it this time. This is the parcel card for the original Carolina Enterprises building which is the building I posted the pictures of above. 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. GFP Closing

    Whoever you talked to might have told you that but it was the CEO of the company who said in the article they had been losing money for years. I personally will take the word of the company CEO before any other person from the company. They probably lost the investors because they did not have the sales to produce a return on the investors investments.
  14. GFP Closing

    They were NOT doing very well according to their CEO Bill Arnold in an August 17, 2017 Triangle Business Journal article that says they were losing money for years.
  15. General Foam - Former Empire Factory

    I don't get anything when I click on the link. Mel
  16. Who can tell me about this elf....gnome....i dont know!!!

    That is the Union Products #76140 "Christmas Elf" and was made from 1991-2005. As for how much they would go for, I have no idea on that as I do not pay attention to the prices of any blow molds we have in our collection, the only ones I might watch prices on are the ones that we don't have in our collection yet and I might be interested in adding. Mel
  17. General Foam - Former Empire Factory

    This section of the buildings appears to be the original Carolina Enterprises building that was built in 1959 which would make it about 58 years old. The second picture is from the November 19, 1961 Rocky Mount Telegram. Mel
  18. Yesteryear....

    Apparently I was wrong in saying that Carolina Enterprises changed their name to Empire of Carolina in the late 70's. I found this information in an article from the SEC on August 13, 1998. The name of this corporation was changed from Carolina Enterprises, Inc. to Empire Industries, Inc. as of February 7, 1995. Empire Industries, Inc. does business under the names "Empire of Carolina", "Empire Manufacturing", "Marchon", and "Caldwell Button Company." Apparently Carolina Enterprises did business under the name Empire of Carolina starting in the late 70's and continued to do so after changing their name. Mel
  19. Yesteryear....

    Steve, I have always wondered if Judith Novelty might have contracted with Carolina Enterprises/Empire to make those pixies in their name for them but to date have not found any information on the pixies even with doing extensive searches in the years 1965-1967. Also, I have wondered if Empire was never more then the sales arm of Carolina Enterprises up until the late 70's when Carolina Enterprises changed their name to Empire of Carolina. Carolina Enterprises originated in New York City in 1939 as a manufacturer of illuminated dental tubes with four employees. I was wrong in saying in the original post that they moved to Tarboro in 1960, they moved into their new building in 1960. They actually conducted pilot operations in rented facilities in Tarboro in 1959. When they moved into their new 120,000 sq. ft. facilities in early 1960 they maintained their headquarters in New York City. Mel Yes, I have the 1966 Walgreen's ad and the 1963 and 1964 McAlpin's ads all appear to be Beco blow molds and the 1965 ad appears to be MSL blow molds made from the Beco molds. The 1966 Walgreen's ad has Beco blow molds in it. Mel
  20. Yesteryear....

    Same problem, I know nothing about setting up a website and at my age now am not sure I am really interested in learning how. I spend most of my computer time doing my research on the blow molds and learning how to set up and maintain a website would take time away from my research. I understand Carrie Sansing of Blow Mold Nation is writing a book on blow molds, maybe she will have some of the information in her book when it comes out. Mel
  21. Yesteryear....

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

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

    Here's the JC Penney ad from December 2, 1962. Mel
  24. 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
  25. 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.