These Santas seem to be cut from the same cloth, or is that cast from the same mold? Both were made by Empire in the late 1960s, early 1970s.
As was Tiny Tim, which dates to 1972. It's the first time that I've seen this one and I wonder if he might have been part of "A Christmas Carol" set.
And then there were bow ties, which I usually don't buy. But they were cheap and I think I can resell them on Etsy.
Or use them to add a more refined air to the blow molds.
And speaking of a bit of refinement, I found a fun little book on ballroom dancing from the Arthur Murray Studio, circa 1956, plus a pink holiday corsage that looks like it's just right for the woman on the cover of "Murray-Go-Round."
The booklet includes instructions for classic dances that include the Fox Trot, the Tango, the Waltz and more.
Plus, dancing don'ts as shown by Jack Haley, who was the Tinman in "The Wizard of Oz."
A funny little article about why children shoud learn to ballroom dance. The caption under the photo of the girls in the middle of the second page reads:
"Don't look now -- he's coming this way. Wonder which one of us he'll choose?"
Finally, forget "Dancing With the Stars.'' Arthur Murray himself dishes on these dancing stars:
On Katharine Hepburn: Katharine Hepburn took three hours at a time When she made a mistake Miss Hepburn swore like a sailor! But when pleased, she would purr like a kitten.
On Bing Crosy: Bing Crosby did not mind an audience while taking lessons. He learned the Samba while aboard a cruise ship on a stormy day. The instructor suggested that they postpone the lesson because of the weather. "No, indeed, i'm going to learn to Samba today, " Crosby said. He went right ahead and learned in an hour.
On Ingrid Bergman: When Ingrid Bergman enrolled, she, like so many other well known people, gave a false name. And -- like the others -- couldn't wait to confess in the midst of her first lesson. She asked the instructor, Mr. Lynn: "Do I look familiar to you?" "No," he replied. She laughed: "A great many people think I look like Ingrid Bergman -- don't you think so?'' "Oh, not at all," Lynn answered. Miss Bergman did not have Lynn as an instructor again.