Aluminum Christmas Tree, 1960-1965

Summary

Aluminum Christmas trees gleamed in millions of American homes during the 1960s. The trees were lightweight, easy to care for, and eye-catching, especially when illuminated by light from a revolving color wheel. The trees fell out of style by the early 1970s, yet are fondly remembered and sometimes still shine in homes during the Christmas season.

Aluminum Christmas trees gleamed in millions of American homes during the 1960s. The trees were lightweight, easy to care for, and eye-catching, especially when illuminated by light from a revolving color wheel. The trees fell out of style by the early 1970s, yet are fondly remembered and sometimes still shine in homes during the Christmas season.

Artifact

Christmas tree

Date Made

1960-1965

Creators

Thrift Drug Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Pennsylvania, Allentown 

Creator Notes

Bought from retailer Thrift Drug Company in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

95.146.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Aluminum
Wood (Plant Material)
Cardboard
Metal

Color

Silver (Color)
Red
Green
White (Color)

Dimensions

Width: 25.5 in  (box)

Height: 6.25 in  (box)

Length: 12 in  (box)

Height: 78 in  (assembled)

Inscriptions

on top of box: HANDLE WITH CARE on long sides of box: ALUMINUM Taper Tree / FLAMEPROOF AND SAFE WITH SELF-CENTERING STAND / TAPERED NATURE'S WAY / EASY TO ASSEMBLE / FRINGE TRIPLE-LOCKED TO BRANCHES / MADE IN U.S.A. on side of box: 6 FT. 55 BRANCH NO. 655 / 6.5 FT 45 BRANCH NO. 6545 / From: THRIFT DRUG CO. / 16TH ST. MARY ST. PITTSBURGH, 15, PA / to: THRIFT DRUG CO / LEHIGH SHOP CEN. 2138 WEST UNION BLVD., BETHLEHEM, PA / 79 / E.S. SWIRL written in on side of box: 1960

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