Western Union Santa Grams

Western Union Santa Grams by John Kardos  The New York and Mississippi Valley Printing Telegraph Company, now Western Union, began in 1851. The firm expanded by buying out a number of competitive companies. In 1856, the company changed its name to Western Union…

Collecting Glass Figural Christmas Ornaments

Collecting Glass Figural Christmas Ornaments by Tony Johnson Once a person discovers the passion of collecting antique German glass figural ornaments, they usually set their sights on finding as many different examples as they can. While this is a wonderful idea, there…

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…