NILCO Christmas Lights

NILCO Christmas Lights by Gene Teslovic Photos by John Hanssen While General Electric remained the largest producer of incandescent light bulbs, they considered the production of novelty bulbs as a passing innovation and the production of novelty bulbs was left to the…

The History of the Putz Village

The History of the Putz Village and Cardboard Christmas Houses By Pete Oehman Most of us get a warm, fuzzy feeling when we think of Christmas and automatically reflect upon our childhood memories. Christmas trees bedazzled with lights and ornaments, wreaths, stockings…

Blow Molds

All About Blow Molds (and keeping them where you want them) By Carrie P. Sansing The question comes up all the time, “How do I keep my blow molds from tipping over?” But first, what exactly is a blow molded Christmas decoration?…

Christmas Pinbacks

An Introduction to Christmas Pinbacks by Gordon Harkins Success! From the late 1890s until the 1940s, celluloid and lithographed tin buttons swept the nation – as an advertising tool that is. The pinback button promoted everything from favorite political candidates to the…

Cottons

Cotton Ornaments by Randee Malmberg Once upon a time, from about 1870 to the early 1900’s, German cottage craftsmen from the Thuringian and Frankfurt areas created wonderful ornaments of pressed and spun cotton wool. They made fruits and vegetables, human figures, and animals…

Christmas Memories

Christmas Memories… with Bob and Diane Kubicki Most of us have some very early, happy, and nostalgic childhood memories our family’s Christmas tree. For me, my grandmother’s tree triggers my most vivid memories. My grandmother, born in 1900, was a concert pianist…