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Woods-Palsen Elves – Carlinville, IL

The Woods-Palsen Elves are three animated mechanical figures holding a saw, drill and hammer displayed in the front window of Tarrant & Harman Real Estate and Auction Co. at 252 South Side Square in Carlinville, Illinois. First seen in the

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Posted in Props, Toys, Dolls & Puppets, Santa's Workshop, Santas and Santa Villages, Statues and Carvings

Goblin Soap – Cudahy, IL

Goblin Soap – Hygiene product manufactured in the early part of the 20th Century (1910s-20s) by the Cudahy Packing, Co. USA, the makers of Puritan Hams, Bacon, Lard and Beef Extract. Advertisements  for Goblin Soap appeared in the magazines of

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Frogs and Fairies – Bloomington, IL

Frogs & Fairies is a  children’s clothing boutique located at 120 Krispy Kreme Drive in Bloomington, Illinois in the Corporate Commons next to Big Daddy Dawgs & Nail Trix. Frogs & Fairies allows families to keep their closets clean, put money

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Festival of the Gnomes – Joliet, IL

Festival of the Gnomes is an annual Christmas season event held on the grounds of the scenic 10-acre Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park at 201 W. Jefferson Street on Bluff Street in downtown Joliet, Illinois. The Billie Limacher Bicentennial Theatre is

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Harry Dresden – Chicago, IL

Harry Dresden is a Chicago-based wizard who uses his supernatural skills to solve paranormal crimes on the Sci-Fi Channel fantasy series THE DRESDEN FILES (2007). The only Wizard listed in the Chicago phone directory, Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden (Paul Blackthorne)

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Sea Hag – The Seven Seas

Sea Hag is a tall, lanky, masculine looking witch seen on POPEYE THE SAILOR, an ABC animated TV series produced through King Features Syndicate (1960 – 1962) and the syndicated cartoon series THE ALL NEW-POPEYE HOUR cartoon series (1978–1983). The

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Kraft Angels – Northfield, IL

The Kraft Angels were celestial advertising mascots seen in a series ad spots for Philadelphia Cream Cheese manufactured by Kraft Foods in Northfield, Illinois. Created by the J. Walter Thompson Ad agency (associated with Kraft since 1922), the angelic “Taste

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Random the Angel – Chicago, IL

Random is an inept angel (Jimmy Brogan) seen on the ABC fantasy comedy OUT OF THE BLUE (1979). In order to earn his wings, Random is assigned to a Chicago woman and her newly adopted family of unmanageable nieces and

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Dairy Fairy – Northfield, IL

The Dairy Fairy was the bovine advertising mascot for Kraft Foods based in Northfield, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. Wearing a yellow crown, The Dairy Fairy carried a magic wand and fluttered about on a set of blue wings. Her mission,

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The Blue Fairy – Chicago, IL

The Blue Fairy was the enchanted hostess of the “The Blue Fairy,” a daily prime time children’s series broadcast from 1958-1959 on WGN-TV in Chicago on Monday nights (7:30pm–8:00pm). The series was one of the earliest children’s shows to be

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Carl the Gnome – Chicago, IL

Carl the Gnome (Danny Woodburn) is a diminutive con-artist and compulsive petty thief who was recruited by the Chicago Police Department as an informant on the occult adventure SPECIAL UNIT 2/UPN/2001-02. Carl assists the covert group of SU2 detectives in

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Elf Yourself – Naperville, IL

Elf Yourself is a Christmas-themed electronic resource created by Office Max, Inc. based in Naperville, Illinois. Accessible via the Internet ( during the holiday season, the program gives visitors the ability to download a facial image of themselves, which then

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Kaskaskia Dragon – Vandalia, IL

The Kaskaskia Dragon (aka, The Vandalia Dragon) is a roadside attraction located at the corners of Veterans Parkway and Rock Island Avenue just off a Route 70 exit in Vandalia, Illinois. The dragon stands near the entrance to Kaskaskia Supply

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Troll Hollow – Marseilles, IL

Troll Hollow is a campground located at 2265 N 2453rd Road in the town of Marseilles, Illinois. It is less than 90 minutes from Chicago, with easy access via I-80 & I-55. Nestled in the beautiful Illinois Valley area, the

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Seven Dwarfs Restaurant – Wheaton, Illinois

Seven Dwarfs Restaurant is Disney-theme diner located at 917 E. Roosevelt Road in the green hills of Wheaton, Illinois. Serving the Wheaton/Glen Ellyn communities for over 60 years, the Seven Dwarfs is conveniently situated on the northwest corner of President

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The Tooth Fairy Museum, Deerfield, IL

The Tooth Fairy Museum (now defunct)  was located in the split-level ranch home on 1129 Cherry Street in suburban Deerfield, Illinois. Created in 1993, the non-profit Tooth Fairy Museum was operated by Dr. Rosemary S. Wells, a former professor at

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