Collecting Christmas Blow Molds, Empire, General Foam, and More
Here is a Amazing and Bright Empire Blow Mold Christmas Set
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.