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Mel Fischer

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About Mel Fischer

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  • Birthday 06/18/1941

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  • Location Mount Vernon, Washington, USA
  • Interests Our main decorating interests are in blow molds and wireframes. At this time our display is 99% static and will probably remain so.
  • Occupation Retired

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  1. That is the 38" Union Products #28850 "Large Mediterranean Candle", it was made in 1970 & 1971. Prior to 1970 it did not have the yellow flame, it had a light bulb for the flame, in 1972 the candle had a halo around the yellow flame. Your lighting setup appears to be original, only the flame lights up. Union Products made a Victorian version of the candle with red candle and white base, a Victorian version with a blue candle and white base and a Halloween version also. I see that I have not taken pictures of our large Mediterranean and Halloween candles yet, I need to do that. You can see the two Victorian versions of the candle here http://blow-molded.com/Union___Candles.html Mel
  2. Your snowman is the 30" Union Products #77320 "Snowman and Friends", he was made from 1997 through 2006. You can see him here http://blow-molded.com/Union___Snowmen.html Mel
  3. Good find, we don't see those General Foam choir with the grey hair very often. In my opinion those alone are worth more than what you paid for everything. Mel
  4. That is the TPI #4825 "Junior Snowman" and he was made from 1991 through 1997. Mel
  5. Some recent additions to our collection. In 2012 General Foam Plastics made an exclusive run of the Empire Christmas Gnome for Sidestreet Gallery in Portland, OR and they repainted and re-purposed a few into "Witchy Gnomes", we already had one but we like these so well that we purchased the remaining stock that they had of this version. As you can see, no two are painted the same, these can be used for either Halloween or lawn & garden display. We also purchased a case of the original Christmas version. Mel
  6. I thought you probably meant the lamp posts but wasn't sure. As you know the lamp posts were made by Empire and they have a mold date of 1969 and the catalog #1505. Empire first made these lamp posts in 1969 and they are shown in their catalogs up through 2000 when they closed their doors. It is shown in a 1969 Milwaukee Journal newspaper Saxon paint and hardware supermarket ad for $2.49. The ad states they were a $3 value. I have seen pictures of lamp posts with the paint version like yours but have not yet found any information on the years they were made. General Foam acquired the molds for that lamp post in 2000 and started making it in 2000 or 2001 and are still making it today. The numbers on the candle are the mold part number (024651) and the Empire catalog number for the candle (1328), this catalog number is different from the number in the catalog page shown above, they used one number for the candle and a different number for the bulk pack of the candles. As known, the manufacturers had multiple molds for several of their items and the number 2 is for which one of the part number 024651 molds was used for making that particular candle. Mel
  7. "later ms"?? The candles look to be the Empire #1329 "Giant Noel Candle" They were made from the 1970's through 1996 or 1997. Mel
  8. Candles? I see a pair of lamp posts but no candles, did you mean the lamp posts? If so, there's one shown here. http://blow-molded.com/Empire___Lamps.html Mel
  9. That's quite all right, I'm not saying that they were not made by Irwin, I personally just need more confirmation then someone saying that they are. Possibly Carrie has some printed information in the confirmation that she claims to have received and will share it with us. Mel
  10. I have not seen any actual confirmation in that thread showing that they were definitely made by Irwin, only someone saying they were. We all know that eBay auctions often have errors in their descriptions as to who made the items. If you look at the picture of the sleigh and reindeer one can easily see a discrepancy in the measurements and the actual blow molds, Frank said that the sleigh is about 24" long and that the deer about 12" long, that would make the sleigh twice as long as each deer, yet in the picture the deer look almost as long as the sleigh and most of the deer do not have their heads on. If Frank's measurements came from the eBay auction obviously the description did not have the correct measurements. I am sure our Santa in Sled is the same as the one NOMA sold and shows in their 1968 US catalog as the measurement for the Sled and reindeer are more in line with what the picture shows, the sled and deer are almost the same lengths (19½" sled, 18½" deer). The picture is from a black & white photocopy so the deer isn't very clear but if you look close you can just see the back legs. It is possible that Irwin made these for NOMA but I have not found any confirmation of that through the years. Mel
  11. What is Carrie's confirmation, did she show you the information or did she just say that she confirmed it was made by Irwin? Without seeing the actual confirmation we can not move the Santa sleigh from the Unknown section because we need to be able to show the information to anyone who might question it. The goal of the website is to not upload any incorrect or misleading information. As for the 24" one, there must have been two sizes of that sleigh made then because ours is 19", so maybe Irwin didn't make ours. Also the one shown in the 1968 NOMA catalog says it is 19 ½" long. Mel
  12. How was the sleigh confirmed to be made by Irwin? I am guessing the colored picture of the Santa sleigh is from here http://blow-molded.com/Unknown_Manufacturers.html If so, that is a picture I took of our Santa sleigh several years ago (2010) and sent to Kev for the website. This Santa sleigh is 19" long and has no information on it, did they make two sizes of it? It would be great to have definite confirmation in the way of printed information like the original boxes or possibly advertisements or catalog pictures of it showing it was made by Irwin so it could be moved from the Unknown section on the website. Mel
  13. That is the NOMA #33 Santa, they called him "2 ½ Foot Illuminated Plastic Santa Figure" in their 1951 - 1956 catalogs. Mel
  14. Yes, NOMA had a 52" Giant Santa that looks like the ones in your picture on the left and Irwin could have made it for them. Irwin also made the NOMA #315 Choir Boy and #316 Choir Girl. I know a gentleman who purchased a pair of those in the original Irwin boxes 10-15 years ago. I don't know if Irwin made the choir kids for NOMA or if they acquired the molds and made them under their name later. Here's a picture of the Irwin 35" Santa with the original box. Irwin also made a NOEL bell and NOMA had one that looks identical to it so Irwin could have made that one for NOMA also. Here's a picture of the bell with the original box. Mel
  15. That is the third set of those lamp posts that I have seen the other two sets are are not lighted, one of the other two sets has been in our collection for several years now, the other set was at Charlie E's Pacific Northwest swap meet a few years ago and were brought there from Canada. Sorry to say I do not know anything about them other then they apparently were made in Canada. You can see one of ours at this link. http://blow-molded.com/Unknown_Manufacturers.html It would be interesting to see what the lighting set up is like in those, being older light cords I assume the lighting is original. Ours do not show any signs of having been lighted. Mel