Glass Figural Ornaments

Glass Figural Ornaments By Michael Rhoads Thanks to F. W. Woolworth, we enjoy the riches of early German glass figural ornaments. Making ornaments was a cottage industry. They were made in private homes and involved the entire family from blowing the glass…

The Evolution of Santa Claus

The Evolution of Santa Claus By Melicent D’Amore Introduction Throughout my 30 years of collecting figural glass Santa Christmas ornaments I’ve observed design differences reflecting regional interpretations of Santa Claus that have influenced diversity in the styles of Santa ornaments created. This…

Restoring Vintage Christmas Items for Future Collectors to Enjoy

Restoring Vintage Christmas Items… for Future Collectors to Enjoy by Mark Podmore I’ve been collecting vintage Christmas items for many years and am always coming across items in dire need of a restoration. Shabby, dirty and broken; most of these items require…

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…