Before there were inflatable holiday decorations, lawns and porches were adorned 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 characters.
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 new or reproduction blow mold Christmas decorations. Turn it on!
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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 on other sites 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 an "A"-size bulb for maximum light with minimal electric usage.
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Santa with Sleigh and Reindeer
Made of durable, weather-resistant polyresin, this highly sought-after Santa with reindeer is about 3 feet tall and nearly 6 feet long. The prancing reindeer lights up with a C7 bulb and is connected with a 3-foot power cord (bulb included). Santa lights up with a 4-foot cord, but you'll have to buy his bulb. Add more reindeer each year to create an old-fashioned scene across your porch or on your roof.
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Plastic Penguin by Union Products
Union Products is one of the pioneers of blow-mold plastic lawn figurines. They may have never thrown out the mold for this charming penguin, which stands nearly 2 feet tall. Get several, and create a colony of penguins on your holiday lawn. Some folks allow Plastic Penguin to roam their yard year 'round, even near the swimming pool in August.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Blow Mold Snowman Decoration
Like Santa, this plastic Blow Mold Snowman from Union Products is painted and stands a stately 40 inches tall. Jolly snowman takes a C7 bulb to get that inner glow, and light up your porch or yard for the holidays. Place him (or her) across from Santa for a symmetrical entryway or to light up your holiday porch or snow scene.
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