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Rosbro Plastics Snowman

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For anyone interested in Rosbro Plastics I thought I would share my latest find. I was fortunate enough today to locate a Rosbro Plastics Snowman Candy Cane Holder. I believe he is from 1950s possibly early 1960s. I found him at a estate sale along with a large collection of Marx toys which I also collect. Does anyone else have any Rosbro Plastics in their collection?

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Dude! No way! I found one of those a weekend or two ago, but it had no maker's mark or anything by which to identify it. Mine has a broom and shovel in his hand, and the back is open to hold whatever. You called it a candy cane holder and that would clearly work, but I wrongly assumed that it was a toothpick holder because the implements he's holding are a little bit bigger than toothpicks. I like it because it's a snowman made of plastic, even though I won't be able to shove a lightbulb inside it.

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I notice that we both seem to be missing the end of the snowman's pipe; or is that a cigar?

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Hey Hoyt great find as well!! As far as his mouth its a cigar so he is complete no missing parts. There are markings on him but you are gonna need great eye sight or a magnifying glass. In the opening ridgeline of his sack on his back behind his head there are tiny tiny letters that will say Rosbro Plastic. Now that you know who makes him you can research the very few others they made including a Halloween Snowman in the same mold. They sell fairly high and they definatly have value so keep him safe thats a great find! Now I am going to need to find the shovel and broom :)

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Hey Hoyt great find as well!! As far as his mouth its a cigar so he is complete no missing parts. There are markings on him but you are gonna need great eye sight or a magnifying glass. In the opening ridgeline of his sack on his back behind his head there are tiny tiny letters that will say Rosbro Plastic. Now that you know who makes him you can research the very few others they made including a Halloween Snowman in the same mold. They sell fairly high and they definatly have value so keep him safe thats a great find! Now I am going to need to find the shovel and broom :)

Excellent eyesight is something that I definitely was NOT blessed with; I'll have to check him again. Wow, good to know he's valuable. I had been letting him languish and roll around the back seat of my car; most of my purchases are MUCH bigger and easier not to miss.

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Cory & Steve, your snowmen are shown on page 79 of "Plastic Novelties & Toys of the '40s, '50s, and '60s" by Jean Rossi. The caption reads "E. Rosen snowman smoking cigar with broom and shovel. 1950's, 5" x 3.25". The Rosbro company was started in 1946 by Bert Brown, Samuel Rosen's chemical engineer, and the company name Rosbro stood for a combination of the names Rosen and Brown, this information is from page 12 of the same book.

It is my understanding that they were sold as candy containers with candy in the bags.

Mel

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Thanks, Mel! I do love me some plastic.

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Thank you Mel I appreciate the info. Mel you happen to have any Rosbro items in your collecton?

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I have two of those also. I always thought it was a pipe in his mouth that was broken off. Their a great little piece. I also have this same snowman in a larger size that holds a bubble light. I am not sure if he is by Rosbro? I know my snowman was stored with his cord wrapped around him and he has many imperfections in the plastic where it touched as the chemicals in the plastic and wire reacted and caused damage. But that just adds to his vintage look. Give me these old Christmas decorations anyday!

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I have two of those also. I always thought it was a pipe in his mouth that was broken off. Their a great little piece. I also have this same snowman in a larger size that holds a bubble light. I am not sure if he is by Rosbro? I know my snowman was stored with his cord wrapped around him and he has many imperfections in the plastic where it touched as the chemicals in the plastic and wire reacted and caused damage. But that just adds to his vintage look. Give me these old Christmas decorations anyday!

I totally agree with you A.F. Nut. Vintage Christmas decorations are the best! :)

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Thank you Mel I appreciate the info. Mel you happen to have any Rosbro items in your collecton?

Cory, I have not gotten involved in the Rosbro, Miller Lites, etc decorations due to space limitations for storage of them. We do have a couple of small snowmen that I have not been able to locate for a couple of years now and one could possibly be a Rosbro but I can not confirm who made it until I find them again, the second one is a Miller Electric one that was made from the Rosbro mold and is lighted. That snowman does have a pipe instead of a cigar and is shown on page 123 of the Jean Rossi book, the Rosbro version is shown on page 79 along with the one with the cigar. I have been somewhat looking for them during the couple of years so that I can take pictures of them to add to our records. Someday we will come across them. As you know, we went to California for a while recently and while there I was informed that I am the recipient of a nice inheritance, so maybe now I can add a new building for storage and start adding some of those older decorations to our collection along with some flatbacks that I would love to have.

BTW, as I recall, Diane told me that you occassionally get over here in our neck of the woods, if so, we would be very pleased if you could stop by for a visit and we would be happy to show you our collection. There's nothing I like better then visiting about blow molds and other decorations.

Also, I did receive your email that you sent while we were gone and will be replying to it soon.

Mel

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I have two of those also. I always thought it was a pipe in his mouth that was broken off. Their a great little piece. I also have this same snowman in a larger size that holds a bubble light. I am not sure if he is by Rosbro? I know my snowman was stored with his cord wrapped around him and he has many imperfections in the plastic where it touched as the chemicals in the plastic and wire reacted and caused damage. But that just adds to his vintage look. Give me these old Christmas decorations anyday!

Hey there Tom, Rosbro made two versions of that snowman, one with a cigar and one with a pipe, an easy way to tell which snowman you have is by looking at his left hand, the cigar one has a hole in it for the broom and shovel and the pipe one does not have a hole in it. Do you know who made your snowman with the bubble light? Is it about 7 1/2" high? If so, my guess would be that he was made by Royalite. Could you post pictures of your snowmen, possibly in a new thread?

Mel

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Hey there Tom, Rosbro made two versions of that snowman, one with a cigar and one with a pipe, an easy way to tell which snowman you have is by looking at his left hand, the cigar one has a hole in it for the broom and shovel and the pipe one does not have a hole in it. Do you know who made your snowman with the bubble light? Is it about 7 1/2" high? If so, my guess would be that he was made by Royalite. Could you post pictures of your snowmen, possibly in a new thread?

Mel

Ok Mel, mine have the hole in them, I always wondered what was to go in there. I do not know who made my snowman with the bubble light. I do have the Santa also he is marked by Royalite, I always wondered if Royal made the snowman or not. I need to see if I have any pics of them in my files I am notr sure if I do been more concentrating on pics of the blowmolds it's hard keeping up!

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Ok Mel, mine have the hole in them, I always wondered what was to go in there. I do not know who made my snowman with the bubble light. I do have the Santa also he is marked by Royalite, I always wondered if Royal made the snowman or not. I need to see if I have any pics of them in my files I am notr sure if I do been more concentrating on pics of the blowmolds it's hard keeping up!

Your Royalite Santa & snowman with the bubble light come from the "Royalite Jolly Christmas Characters" set, I do not know if there were any more characters in the set. I did a bit more checking and the Santa is 7 1/2" tall and the snowman should be 8" tall. Royalite also made a version of the Santa with a C7 bulb in his hand and a tree in his hand. They made the snowman with a tree in his hand and versions with red mittens and white mittens. I don't know at this time if they made the snowman with the C7 bulb in his hand. Both the Santa and the snowman with the plastic tree light up inside. Those Santa's and snowmen are shown in the Jean Rossi book on pages 126 & 127.

The "Plastic Novelties & Toys" book is a great reference for a lot of the Rosen/Rosbro, Royalite, Irwin, etc. toys and decorations. I had the good fortune of receiving our copy of the book as a gift from my good friend Tim Ewing. "Holiday Plastic Novelties the Styrene Toys" by Charlene Pinkerton is another good reference book for these old toys and decorations.

Mel

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Mel I almost bought that book a month or so back and now I wish I had. I will try and get a copy for future reference.

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Today while out at yard sales I stumbled onto yet another Rosbro Plastics piece. I just thought I would share this one with you all as well. Santa is actually missing his snow shoes but I had to get him anyways since I had never seen one in person.

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That is a great find he also comes with skies. If anyone ever has any questions on Rosbro items feel free to ask me I have a very large collection myself. ERRRRR this was not intended I had pics of your santa that you found and with me behind this computer I was only able to get the back side of one of them. I give up now on posting pics here.  It is actually a great find did they have and Halloween or Easter Rosbro? I wish the yard sales were I live would have stuff like this!

 
 
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err im awful at this with photobucket and getting pics on forums.

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Wonderful collection, did it start with one Santa? Do you mainly collect Christmas? I have a few of those pieces, but nothing close to what you have.

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That is not even a small fraction of the rosbro collection. Maybe 2 percent I dont have rosbro collection up yet on my facebook yet. That link kinda tells a bit of the background about me. Im kinda new here and had problems with the pics I wanted on the collection. What im actually sitting on/working to move is a super collection of vintage items. Im going to say about 2k if not more of just rosbro plastics. Me and another member here last night sat down and traded pics of the collection last night into the wee hours of the night. Had alot of fun with it. I will try my best to get those up on facebook for everyone. I think im also going to be moving alot through a website that I have not built yet lol. If I can be of any help on almost all vintage holiday items on prices what they are please anyone give me a shot im allways willing to help!

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That is a great collection, do you have reference books for identifying the different items?  If so, could you share what the titles of some of them are?

 

Mel

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I do have a good bit of reference books ill have to get back to you later today and post all the names I have. Most of the books I do have are older meaning 2008 or earlier. I do have paper work on most of my collection either similar items and what they went for or what my mom paid for them. I watched alot of what was purchased and help organize alot of it. The Easter Rosbro collection that I own is just massive Christmas is preety big but Halloween was were alot of the exitment was for us years ago. I can try to see what I can do later today it is another big yard sale day for me and its preety late lol. I will though get back to you later today on your questions.

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I went back and found really 2 books I use . Both are very outdated and im up for any others that are recent. they are Halloween Favorites in plastic written by Charlene Pinkerton written in 1998. The other book I have is Plastic Novelties &Toys of the 40's 50's and 60's written by Jean Rossi copyright 2002. If there are any others I would also be intrested in getting a copy since most of the price guides are very outdated.

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Thank you for the information on the books that you use, those are two of the three books that I use to try to identify this type of decorations.  The other book is "Holiday Plastic Novelties The Styrene Toys" by Charlene Pinkerton, published in 1999 by Schiffer Publishing, the same company as the other two, the price guide in that one would be outdated also.  The outdated price guides are not a problem for me as I am not really much concerned about the value of the items, my interest in them is the history and cataloging of who made them and when they were made and sharing the information.  At this time I do not know where one would be able to find a somewhat current price guide on these decorations.  I am always on the lookout for information resources on the plastic holiday decorations, both injection molded and blow molded.

 

It would be great if someone could set up a website with pictures and information on these decorations somewhat similar to what http://blow-molded.com/ is for the blow molds.  I know nothing about building websites and so that is not possible for me to do.

 

Another great website project for someone who knows how, would be for all the vacuum formed (flat back) holiday decorations by the different companies.

 

Mel

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I love the idea of a website! I have to do something in creating a website with all the stuff I have its really gotten to the point that its harming us in  being able to do normal activities in the house. If anyone is willing to help out in leading me to the correct way that is not too expensive I would be more then willing to put it together. There is NO other website that I can find that puts Rosbro collectors together or even really vintage holiday items. The other issue I have is my grammer is not the best around. I do apoligize to anyone that chringes like my wife does when she reads my posts.

 

I have found that alot of people dont really understand prices. Its not that items have dropped in value. When times get tough the market gets flooded normally with items so the prices seem to get cheaper. When times are good collectors hold on more to there stuff so there is a bigger demand on the items keeping the prices steady. The market can also be manipulated I have seen this done in some sections on ebay. How this works is there is a so called expert or a group in one specific area who have a following and use there blogs to manipulate prices. Basically someone sells a item and it goes for to much this expert will criticize the auction. They will do it to a new seller or anyone who is not in the group. Basically manipulating the price on items on what they go for. I have not seen this done yet on Rosbro items yet on ebay but I have seen it done with other areas on ebay.  This has done more hurt to the average collector then most people think. Some areas we see less and less people willing to post items on ebay due to this. I am one of those people as well. This is actually how I found this site and even though its not exactly what I want it really has helped in finding good people to share thoughts and to have a good time. I have more work to do though in hopes of getting good people who are intrested in the same things together collecting and conversating.

 

I have been a member here for just about a week now and all I can say is its been a highlight each day in conversating with people here and sharing my collection. I have met some good people here on the this site. Thank you all for that it really has helped me!

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Ok thought this over and in the past I have done forums mainly for video games lol long story. I use to run forums and get paid to actually play video games when my mom was very ill. It was a job so I got a idea on how to do it somewhat. Forums I can do for free I will need a few admins to help get sections up. People will be able to advertise there sites as well on them. I up for ideas as well I would like a large section for Rosbro and vintage holidays as well as maybe Department 56 items. In the next few days meaning by Tuesday I should be able to have it up and going. If there I can get good traffic ill be more then willing to pay for paid forums. If intrested please contact me and as soon as I have the site running ill also post to my facebook and here. For blow molds though this will be the site I will direct people to as well. I am not here to step on anyones feet or the site this place has been a wonderful place for me and I look forward to being on the site everyday now.

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