VINTAGE ALUMINUM CHRISTMAS TREES

  • Depending on your personal preference, and perhaps your age, you either love or hate aluminum Christmas trees!  They were hugely popular in the early 1960's, considered quite modern, and were a drastic change from the live trees of the past.  The branches were individually wrapped in paper bags and quite easy to assemble without the worries of dried out needles falling everywhere, and it took very little space to store them!  What more could you ask for, plus they could be used time and time again.  Trees were available in various sizes from 2 feet to 8 feet, and could be found in multiple colors ranging from silver, gold, teal, pink and flocked versions.  Complementing the brightness of the aluminum tree, the color wheel became hugely popular as well.  Unfamiliar with a color wheel?  It was a rotating electric device that uses different optics filters within a light beam.  It was positioned on the floor next to the tree, as the light wheel turned in front of a light bulb.  It then spun very slowly from one translucent color to the next providing the tree a color hue on the tree ranging from red, blue, green and yellow.

    There has been a surge in the aluminum trees' popularity in the past few years and they've become a serious collectible.

    If you happen to be in or near the State of North Carolina, take you kids and family to the Aluminum Tree & Ornament Museum in Brevard, N.C.  It's the worlds only museum dedicated to vintage aluminum Christmas trees and will definitely "brighten" your day.  If not, stop by The Brass Armadillo stores.  They typically have several styles of aluminum trees at this time of year as well as color wheels.  Check them out!

    In my next blog, I'll be talking about vintage Christmas bulbs.  Be sure to stop by!