Before there were inflatable
holiday decorations, lawns and porches were decorated with plastic lighted figurines: Santas, snowmen, reindeer, elves, candles and just about any other Christmas character you can imagine. These wonders of plastic are known as blow molds, for the blow-mold-injection manufacturing technique that became popular in the 1930s. Familiar with the pink flamingo? It was invented by Don Featherstone for Union Products in 1958 and is probably the queen of all blow mold figures.
Many blow molds have become quite collectible, while others continue to be manufactured or are being reproduced. Santa has reached into his magic bag to find you new or reproduction blow mold Christmas decorations. Turn it on!
And check out some fabulous blow molds -- both old and new -- from coast-to-coast!
Photo courtesy of PriceGrabber
While intended to be part of a blow mold Nativity scene for your lawn, this gold-toned resting camel could easily be at home next to your other blow mold figurines. While the one-humped Arabian ungulate is described as "life-sized," it measures just under 30 inches across -- not sure what scale we're talking about here, but, who cares?
Resting blow mold camel comes equipped with its own light cord and socket. The manufacturer recommends no higher than a 40-watt bulb; a CFL bulb is suggested for maximum light with minimal electric usage.
Photo courtesy of Christmas Towne
Christmas Towne has an ample selection of blow mold holiday decorations, from the major blow mold players, like General Foam, Union Products and Empire Plastics. While many have a 1980s look (which is probably when the molds were made), you can find a more midcentury model here and there, especially in the snowman and Santa categories. Since most of the manufacturers are out of business, supplies of blow molds are limited. Worth a look, especially if you're trying to track down a missing wiseman or member of the plastic lawn choir.
Photo courtesy of Seasons LA
Located in the San Fernando Valley, Seasons LA has a great variety of blow-mold holiday decorations, both Christmas and Halloween. Prices are reasonable, and many pieces appear to be new old stock (NOS). Blow mold brands carried by Seasons LA include Empire of Carolina, Union Products Inc, Space Age Plastics, Santas Best, Mr Christmas, Holiday Tyme of R.O.C. and Genral Foam Plastics Corp.