Among the most common, these manufacturers generally produced blow molds in large quantities, often with a large number of designs and/or seasonal offerings. Many of the most iconic and recognizable designs were produced by these manufacturers.
The last few years have seen a departure from the traditional idea of blow mold designs. These blow molds are made distinct by their designs, typically smaller size, and light kits. Many of these blow molds remain unstamped or branded by their manufacturers, and instead are imported and sold under various brands. When possible, blow molds have been organized under their identified manufacturer. Otherwise, they have been organized by retailer or brand name.
Often manufacturing in limited quantities as a sideline to their main products, or through techniques such as vacuum forming and injection molding, these manufacturers tend to be more obscure than their better-known counterparts. Many were pioneers in the quickly growing toy and lighting industries, but only produced blow mold decor for a short time.
Intended for use by municipalities or commercial displays, these manufacturers produced the biggest and brightest products available. They often manufactured for decades, producing hundreds of unique (and expensive) products, resulting in recognizable but hard to obtain collectibles.
Less documented than their American counterparts, these blow molds come from a variety of manufacturers across the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia. Unique designs, light cords, sizes and paints make these blow molds stand out.
Prior to the mainstream adoption of the blow-molding process, some early manufacturers used hard molded rubber or plastisol. Given their age and the materials used, relatively few of these pieces have survived and tend to be among the most difficult to find and preserve.
Though not the only candy pail manufacturers, these manufacturers are best known for focused nearly exclusively on candy pails. These manufacturers used a variety of materials and techniques to produce large numbers and varieties of candy pails.
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