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Collecting Christmas Blow Molds, Empire, General Foam, and More

Updated on December 13, 2017
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I enjoy collecting amazing vintage items as a fun and educational way to relive the joys of the past.

Here is a Amazing and Bright Empire Blow Mold Christmas Set

Three Empire Blow Molds made in 1968 for the Christmas Holidays. All three light up beautifully, still amazing and bright Empire Blow Mold collection  is of 3 Santa Claus & Snowman Christmas 13" 14"
Three Empire Blow Molds made in 1968 for the Christmas Holidays. All three light up beautifully, still amazing and bright Empire Blow Mold collection is of 3 Santa Claus & Snowman Christmas 13" 14"

Blow Molds Symbolize the Holidays & to Celebrate Christmas

Many folks think of rich red and green velvet bows, and shimmering gold and silver balls is how Christmas should look and feel for the holidays. But for many others, especially those of us who grew up in the 1960s the vintage illuminated plastic blow mold figurines of Santa Claus, reindeer, Mrs. Claus, Jesus in the manger or a snowman symbolize the true Holidays and the time to celebrate Christmas. Christmas Blow Molds are as much of the winter holidays as pumpkin pie and Cool Wipe.

1968 Empire Plastics Snowman holding his Wreath & Candy Cane

A lovely vintage 1968 Empire Plastics SNOWMAN holding his Wreath and Candy Cane, this is a mantle top indoors Blow Mold and stands thirteen inches tall.
A lovely vintage 1968 Empire Plastics SNOWMAN holding his Wreath and Candy Cane, this is a mantle top indoors Blow Mold and stands thirteen inches tall.

Christmas Blow Mold Decorations are Heartwarming Symbols

Many of us now ancient fans of Christmas blow mold decorations have heartwarming feeling of these symbols of the golden age. When I look at old photo albums of long ago Christmases past, and see the Santa’s and large plastic glowing candles that my Grandfather would pull out of the attic right after Thanksgiving I get a warm glow in my heart. When Grandfather had completed his magical transformation of the front lawn, the place looked like a glowing winter wonder land, complete with Santa and his reindeer, snowmen, huge glowing holly candles, toy soldiers, and of course a lighted glowing manger with Mary, Joseph, Jesus and the wise man all shining brightly in the center.

Yard Display, 30,000 Lights, more than 160 Christmas Blow Molds

Three beautiful and well made Empire Blow Molds, Made in 1968

Three beautiful and well made Empire Blow Molds, Santa Claus, Snowman and a beautiful window Noel Blow Mold Candles display. They are between 13 inches tall 14 inches  tall.
Three beautiful and well made Empire Blow Molds, Santa Claus, Snowman and a beautiful window Noel Blow Mold Candles display. They are between 13 inches tall 14 inches tall.

To many younger folks today these blow mold Santa’s and his plastic kingdom of light could seem rather tacky. But when I was a child those memories of my Grandfather and the amazing holiday magic that occurred when the stars came out and my Grandfather would have plugged the bulky orange cord into the basement outlet are truly worth recapturing for future generations to enjoy.

Christmas Blow Mold Decorations have Heartwarming Feeling

1968 NOEL Three Candles Display with Holly Trim at the Base

Lovely  vintage Empire Plastics Christmas Blow Mold NOEL Candles with Holly trim at the base, this precious window display is 13 inches tall, and comes with its own bulb and cord that inserts inside the base.
Lovely vintage Empire Plastics Christmas Blow Mold NOEL Candles with Holly trim at the base, this precious window display is 13 inches tall, and comes with its own bulb and cord that inserts inside the base.

Today Christmas Blow Molds are very sought after & Collectable

Christmas and holiday blow molds were a very popular decoration in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Even in the 1960's and early 1970's blow molds were still a prominent Christmas decoration for most American Households. Amazingly their popularity did not stop during this era. In fact, Christmas blow molds are very collectable and sought-after for vintage Christmas display, and some are very valuable and hard to find.

Here are Some Fun Hard to find Holiday & Christmas Blow Molds

General Foam Plastics, General Foam Blow Molds, Union United Solutions Santa model 75180 Large Santa, Illuminated with Cord and Light Included, 43" inches high ... And many more treasured Blow Molds
General Foam Plastics, General Foam Blow Molds, Union United Solutions Santa model 75180 Large Santa, Illuminated with Cord and Light Included, 43" inches high ... And many more treasured Blow Molds

Christmas 2016 Blow Molds can Make a Great Holiday Show

In the US the making of Holiday Blow Molds Started in the 1940's

The making of Holiday Blow molds started in the 1940's by many American Plastic Companies. First the company artist would make a finished sculpture of his subject, and then a cast of the finished piece is made, and then the process of casting could start. The workers would start casting a mold with a cavity in it. From this casting mold the hard plastic liquid is poured into the blow mold cavity. The worker would then concentrated air pressure to blow the soon to be hard plastic into all of the crevices of the cavity. Once the plastic sets or what they call hardens, the air pressure inside the mold is turned off and the plastic copy of the object is removed from the mold. In some cases the plastic liquid is pre-colored for certain molds that are intentionally-colored pieces such as brown reindeers, or a white snowman. Paint is used by company artist in some cases such as faces, boots, gloves, and even the eye color the plastic is painted after the blow mold has hardened and dried.

Christmas & Holiday Blow Molds, By Empire & General Foam

A Very Majestic 1968 Empire Blow Mold Christmas Santa Claus

Here is a very nice vintage and lighted 1968 Empire Blow Mold Christmas Santa Claus. made of durable Empire Company Plastic. Santa is 13" inches tall and carrying a black bag full of gifts.
Here is a very nice vintage and lighted 1968 Empire Blow Mold Christmas Santa Claus. made of durable Empire Company Plastic. Santa is 13" inches tall and carrying a black bag full of gifts.

Today Christmas Blow Molds are very Sought After & Collectible

Enoch Ferngren & William Kopitke Invented Blow Mold in 1938

The process of blow Mold was invented by two inventors Enoch Ferngren and William Kopitke, surprisingly these two inventors were actually working on a more precise and finite version of fine glass blowing when they realized that plastic would be prefect for this new medium. Once they perfected the blow molding process, they created a blow molding equipment to make modern production more consistent for factory usage. In the year 1938, Enoch Ferngren and William Kopitke sold the blow molding equipment, designs and patent to the now famous Hartford Empire Company.

The Back Sides of the three 1968 Empire Christmas Blow Molds

The back side of the three Empire Blow Molds made in 1968 for the Christmas Holidays. All three light up beautifully, still amazing and bright Empire Blow Mold collection is of 3 Santa Claus & Snowman Christmas 13" 14"
The back side of the three Empire Blow Molds made in 1968 for the Christmas Holidays. All three light up beautifully, still amazing and bright Empire Blow Mold collection is of 3 Santa Claus & Snowman Christmas 13" 14"

Got my new Got my new made in the USA Dancing Santa today

The first Christmas Blow Modes came out just before World War II

In the year 1938 the Hartford Empire Company began producing limited line of blow molds, some of the first Christmas Blow Modes came out just before World War II. During and after World War Two many more companies joined in on the blow mold production of holiday and seasonal items. Many of the companies that participate in making blow molds include many now famous companies such as Holiday Innovations, Santa’s Best, Harrill Company, Hamilton Skotch Company, Niagra Plastic Company, Faster-Forms, Farley Technologies, Artline, Blinky Products, Bel Air, Borse Plastics Products, Judith Novelity Sales, Heller Industries, Empire Plastics, Poloron Products, Union Products, Sun Hill Industries, Beco Products, Dapol, Noma Lites, Mold-Craft, Falcon, Grand Venture, TPI/Canada, Drainage Industries, and many more.

Large Empire Noel Christmas Candles, Blow Mold, Made 1973

 Thirty nine inch tall Empire Noel Christmas Candles, Blow Mold light up year decoration with holly poinsettia decorative design. Empire Tarboro, N.C. Made in U.S.A. Carolina Enterprises Inc. 1973.
Thirty nine inch tall Empire Noel Christmas Candles, Blow Mold light up year decoration with holly poinsettia decorative design. Empire Tarboro, N.C. Made in U.S.A. Carolina Enterprises Inc. 1973.

Santa Blow Molds, Harold Gale Santa, Snowman & Snow Child

Amazing Magical Santa's from the 1960's, Christmas Blow Molds

In the photograph below are three beautifully made Christmas Santa Clauses Blow Molds, One is a Santa Claus made by Empire , the other Santa is made by General Foam, and the third Santa Claus which has yellow gloves does not have a maker mark, all are made around 1968. The Empire Santa Claus has his big black bag, full of toys and he was made in the year 1968. The Happy Santa Claus sitting on the chimney was made by General Foam Plastic back in the late 1960's.

Three Amazing Christmas Santa Blow Molds from the 1960's

The Empire Santa has the black bag, he was made in 1968. The Santa with the yellow glove and yellow bag has no maker mark. Happy little Santa Claus sitting on the chimney is made by the world famous General Foam Plastic back in the late 1960's.
The Empire Santa has the black bag, he was made in 1968. The Santa with the yellow glove and yellow bag has no maker mark. Happy little Santa Claus sitting on the chimney is made by the world famous General Foam Plastic back in the late 1960's.

Collecting Christmas Blow Molds is a Enjoyable Hobby to Have

This Happy Little Santa Claus was made in the USA, Late 1960s

 The happy little Santa Claus with the bright yellow glove and matching yellow bag was made in the Late 1960s. He has very soft soulful blue eyes ...
The happy little Santa Claus with the bright yellow glove and matching yellow bag was made in the Late 1960s. He has very soft soulful blue eyes ...

Beautiful Christmas Blow Mold Display, makes Magical a Holiday

In 1938 Hartford Empire Company began producing Blow Molds

The process of blow Mold was invented by two inventors Enoch Ferngren & William Kopitke, surprisingly these two inventors were actually working on a more precise & finite version of fine glass blowing when they realized that plastic would be prefect.
The process of blow Mold was invented by two inventors Enoch Ferngren & William Kopitke, surprisingly these two inventors were actually working on a more precise & finite version of fine glass blowing when they realized that plastic would be prefect.

General Foam Plastic, 1969 Happy Santa Sitting on the Chimney

The Happy Santa Claus sitting on the chimney was made by General Foam Plastic back in the late 1960's.
The Happy Santa Claus sitting on the chimney was made by General Foam Plastic back in the late 1960's.

Christmas Blow Molds, Santa's, Noel Candles, Snowmen, & More

Empire Blow Mold Santa Claus with his Sleigh and Reindeer 1970

Amazing 1970 Empire Blow mold Santa Claus with his Sleigh and Reindeer in nice Sleigh and the attached reindeer are a combined 25" inches in length and sleigh is 11" inches tall.
Amazing 1970 Empire Blow mold Santa Claus with his Sleigh and Reindeer in nice Sleigh and the attached reindeer are a combined 25" inches in length and sleigh is 11" inches tall.

Christmas Blow Molds were very Popular in the 1940’s & 1950’s

The making of Holiday Blow molds started in the 1940's by many American Plastic Companies. First the company artist would make a finished sculpture of his subject, & then a cast of the finished piece is made, & then the process of casting starts.
The making of Holiday Blow molds started in the 1940's by many American Plastic Companies. First the company artist would make a finished sculpture of his subject, & then a cast of the finished piece is made, & then the process of casting starts.

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    • Glenn Waters profile imageAUTHOR

      Glenn Waters 

      9 months ago

      Yes, they are like a part of the family :)

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      Mary Norton 

      9 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Such lovable collections and you can display them each year, too.

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