social icons WMMM twitterfacebook RSS facebook twitter RSS Center
Jonathan & Kitty
Have too much fun Saturday Night? Relax your mind on Sunday with the Acoustic Cafe from 7-9am

Kitty Dunn

What does Kitty have to say?


 


A shiny aluminum Christmas tree!

aluminum treeIn the classic holiday special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Charlie Brown is given the task of picking out a Christmas tree for the holiday pageant. Loudmouth Lucy Van Pelt tells him to get a "big shiny, aluminum tree, maybe painted pink."  I always thought was some kind of sarcastic commentary about the commercialism of Christmas. It was only recently that I discovered that shiny aluminum Christmas trees were very popular in the 1960's, and that most of them were made in Wisconsin! My boyfriend Mike says his family even had an aluminum tree, and some kind of color wheel that lit it up and changed colors. I've never seen one in person...but they do sound pretty cool. If you'd like to get into the holiday spirit by walking through a forest of aluminum Christmas trees, head to the Wisconsin Historical Museum, now through January 9th. The exhibition, called Tis the Season, features aluminum trees of all shapes, sizes, and colors from the 1960s. That includes silver trees made by  The Aluminum Specialty Company of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. They  had been manufacturing aluminum toys for decades when they stumbled upon a new idea , the aluminum Christmas tree. They debuted it a toy fair in 1959..and it caught on with the public, big time, and were popular through the mid-60's. Now they're quite collectible. Find out more about the exhibit  here.

Tags :  
Social :


Share This: | More


 
12/07/2009 7:45AM
A shiny aluminum Christmas tree!
Please Enter Your Comments Below
12/07/2009 8:11AM
Donna
My aunt had one of those trees and she had the light wheel that changed the colors, thought it was cool as a kid but still liked our real tree and decorating it was half the fun. We don't do Christmas trees anymore, no kids or grandkids so we just have our little 3 foot lighted fake Christmas tree and that is good enough, we do the lights around the house, on the front porch and backyard fence so we try to look festive and then come Jan. 2nd, it all comes down. DBD
12/11/2009 6:51PM
Debbie
I sure do remember the aluminum trees! My sister is allergic to most pine trees so we grew up with artificial. Our main tree was a flocked white tree with the color wheel, but we had a second, smaller tree in another part of the house, the shiney silver one. A couple relatives also sported the sparkling trees. With all the glitter of the branches, the only ornaments I remember on them were single colored satin balls. When my mother passed away in 1999 we found these trees still in her attic, long ago replaced by the green artificial tree. Fond memories tempted us to hang on to the smaller alluminum one, but age had caught up with it. Too frail to keep. Thanks for bringing back a fond memory! DR
01/26/2010 2:03PM
payday loans
The author of blogs.1055triplem.com has written an excellent article. You have made your point and there is not much to argue about. It is like the following universal truth that you can not argue with: No matter how much you dumb down something, someoneout there is dumber. Thanks for the info.
10/22/2011 8:55AM
Celebrity Blog
Recommended Websites... [...]below you'll find the link to some sites that we think you should visit[...]...
Title :
Comment :
Listen Live (WMMM)
Playlist (WMMM)
2 Minute Promise
Submit
Discover & Download: Saint Motel
This Week's Discover & Download is 'My Type' by Saint Motel!
Dylan Noir
A new Bob Dylan video takes a violent turn. The video for the song "The Night We Called it a Day" from his Sinatra cover album "Shadows in the Night" gets a little bloody. But luckily it's in black and white so it seems somehow more...
Read More
In Search of...Spock
The passing of Leonard Nimoy at the age of 83 makes me feel like I've lost a member of my extended family. Growing up with three brothers, two older and one younger, it would have been impossible to not be over-exposed to Nimoy's Spock and the...
Read More
5 Things You Probably Didn't Know about George Harrison
Who else still misses George?  George Harrison was born on today's date in 1943, and was only 58 when he died in 2001. I was interviewed by Channel 3 after he died, and I said it was truly sad for me, because I grew up with the Beatles and...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: The Sylvers "Hotline"
"Hotline, hotline, calling on the hotline for your love!"  The hook is so contagious you will probably be hearing it in your head all day. Sorry about that. "Hotline" was a number 5 single for the family band the Sylvers in...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Kool & The Gang "Cherish"
There was not a lot of love today for the song "Cherish" by Kool & The Gang. It was a huge hit for the band in 1985--getting all the way up to #2 on the pop charts. This song is not to be confused with "Cherish," a song which...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Donna Fargo "Funny Face"
Copuntry singer-songwriter Donna Fargo had two big crossover pop hits. One was "The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A., and the other was the one we featured from the World's Worst iPod. "Funny Face" made it to number 5 on the pop...
Read More
Discover & Download : Zella Day
  This Week's Discover & Download is Zella Day - Hypnotic.  We have 50 download codes available this week!  Click the download picture and copy and paste one of the unused...
Read More
 
Recent Blog Posts
Discover & Download: Saint Motel
This Week's Discover & Download is 'My Type' by Saint Motel!
Dylan Noir
A new Bob Dylan video takes a violent turn. The video for the song "The Night We Called it a Day" from his Sinatra cover album "Shadows in the Night" gets a little bloody. But luckily it's in black and white so it seems somehow more...
Read More
In Search of...Spock
The passing of Leonard Nimoy at the age of 83 makes me feel like I've lost a member of my extended family. Growing up with three brothers, two older and one younger, it would have been impossible to not be over-exposed to Nimoy's Spock and the...
Read More
5 Things You Probably Didn't Know about George Harrison
Who else still misses George?  George Harrison was born on today's date in 1943, and was only 58 when he died in 2001. I was interviewed by Channel 3 after he died, and I said it was truly sad for me, because I grew up with the Beatles and...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: The Sylvers "Hotline"
"Hotline, hotline, calling on the hotline for your love!"  The hook is so contagious you will probably be hearing it in your head all day. Sorry about that. "Hotline" was a number 5 single for the family band the Sylvers in...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Kool & The Gang "Cherish"
There was not a lot of love today for the song "Cherish" by Kool & The Gang. It was a huge hit for the band in 1985--getting all the way up to #2 on the pop charts. This song is not to be confused with "Cherish," a song which...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Donna Fargo "Funny Face"
Copuntry singer-songwriter Donna Fargo had two big crossover pop hits. One was "The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A., and the other was the one we featured from the World's Worst iPod. "Funny Face" made it to number 5 on the pop...
Read More
Discover & Download : Zella Day
  This Week's Discover & Download is Zella Day - Hypnotic.  We have 50 download codes available this week!  Click the download picture and copy and paste one of the unused...
Read More
Categories
Archives