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Florida’s Best Newspaper for Antiques & Collectibles

                                DECEMBER 2017 • Volume 31 No. 4

                                             Collecting Celluloid Santa Ornaments

                                     By Larry LeMasters
                                    LeMasters’ Antique News Service

                                               Celluloid,  a  precursor  to  plastics,   became popular almost overnight due   Santas at Christmas since the heat
                                             revolutionized  the  world.  It  was   to  their  lightweight  and  inexpensive   generated by lights and other modern
                                             developed in the 1870s as a substitute   cost.  However, celluloid is extremely   conveniences  could ignite  your
                                             for dwindling and expensive  natural   flammable  and  caused  the  deaths  of   celluloid  Christmas Santa Clauses,
                                             resources,  such  as tortoise  shell,   several  children, which  partly led  to   bringing you a very unmerry holiday.
                                             coral, horn, ivory, and mother-of-   the rapid decline of celluloid use.    Among the many items made from
                                             pearl.  It  was,  in  fact,  the  first  semi-  Celluloid  collectors should take   celluloid were Christmas decorations.
                                             synthetic  industrial  material. And its   caution  when displaying celluloid           Continued on Page 2
                                             creation directly led to the discovery
                                             of plastics, which has proven to be
                                             one of man’s greatest inventions.
                                             By the 1890s, celluloid  had become
                                             an everyday part of living for most
                                             Americans, especially for ornamental
                                             and inexpensive  goods since it
                                             allowed  working class families  the
                                             opportunity to enjoy the appearance
                                             of expensive toys and decorations in
          Rare, German celluloid “Walking    their homes at a fraction of the cost.
         Belsnickle Santa,” circa early 1900s.    During the  early  1900s, many                                                        Irwin Corporation
        In excellent condition, this ornament   items  were manufactured using                                                           Santa and Sleigh;
                  sells for $1,300.          celluloid.  Celluloid dolls and toys                                                             1940; $125.

              Oviedo Antique Mall Christmas Extravaganza Dec. 1-4
           During the 4 day extravaganza, all 110 dealer booths will be offering fabulous sale pricing
         - up to 50% off storewide. There will also be a complimentary hot & cold buffet is available all
         4 days. During the Friday thru Monday sale each customer purchasing $30 or more receives a
         free gift.                                                                     The Sunshine City Antiques Show January 12-14, 2018
           Located at 95 Geneva Drive Oviedo, FL 32765 (407-366-3668), Oviedo Antique Mall is open   The Sunshine City Antiques Show will once again fill the Coliseum in St. Petersburg with a
         7 Days a week Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm & Sunday 12-6pm. The mall will be loaded with   great & diverse collection of antiques, art and jewelry. This is a chance to come out and see
         antique, vintage and contemporary Christmas décor.                        your favorite dealers as well as those new to the event, bringing great antiques!
           The 12,500 square foot mall is loaded with an ever-changing array of all your favorite   The Coliseum will be filled with the best and the most interesting of booths. One new
         antiques and collectibles. Offered  are coins & paper money, gold, silver & costume jewelry,   exhibitor to this year's show will be a large specialty booth of restored antique lighting. Red
         furniture, primitives, linens, Lladro, Baccarat, China & Crystal, Lenox, military collectibles,   Barn Antiques from Massachusetts will bring a dazzling collection of unique, ready to go,
         Fiestaware, art work, advertising collectibles, antiquarian books, Kitchenalia, LP albums,   antique lighting for every room in the house. Red Barn Antiques also restores vintage lighting,
         Longaberger baskets, Disney collectibles, antique toys, French milled soaps & lotions, antique   brass and other metals. Once again an appraisal clinic will be held Saturday and Sunday. Hour
         & modern cameras, and so much more!                                       to be announced.
           Stroll through Oviedo Antique Mall while listening to 1950’s hit music.  Complimentary   Don’t miss the area’s one and only Sunshine City Antiques & Collectibles show.  More
         Snacks and drinks are always available for our customers. Onsite watch & clock repair by 40   information can be found on the web site:
         year veteran watchmaker, as well as complete onsite antique and modern camera repair   For updates, times, directions and pictures Like us on Facebook at Antique Shows by
         service.                                                                  Allman Promotions. Telephone number 239-877-2830.
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