12/02/2010

Aluminum Christmas Trees


Holly Jolly Aluminum.




It's the holly-daze. A time for over-eating and over-spending. In all the hustle and bustle, if you close your eyes and let go, you're transported to a simpler time. A time when there was actually magic in the season. I want to take you back to that place with a ride on my aluminum pom-pom tree (not a euphemism).

On a recent scouting trip in Cincinnati, I procured a 7ft "Evergleam" aluminum Christmas tree manufactured by Aluminum Specialty Co. (Manitowoc, Wisconsin). Sweetening the deal was a Westinghouse "Colortone Roto-Wheel". Sold as a set, both were in their original boxes and in minty-mint condition.



Like a kid on, well, Christmas, I got to work assembling all the bits. Then sat back in wild wonder.





Topping the Evergleam is a Charley Harper ornament. Sitting proud.



Minimalistic ornamentation is limited to about a dozen starbursts from Target.





Aluminum Christmas trees aren't just for Christmas. Several of my Mid Century Modern Hanukkah-celebrating friends have them too, and affectionately call them "Hanukkah Bushes". The holidays are an all-inclusive love-fest of celebration.

For more on aluminum Christmas trees (or Hanukkah bushes), check out Aluminum Christmas Trees dot Net.

Now get in the game:

Post pics of your Mid Century Modern holiday decor to the Atomic Indy Facebook Page. A random winner will be chosen, and an MCM goodie will be sent to put under your tree.

Happy baby Jesus, and Eternal Flame day(s) to you all. And to all, a good Evergleamed night.

Cheers,

-Baz


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11 comments:

Craig McCormick said...

Nice. I was just thinking about the plethora of MCM holiday decor I've scored at estate sales over the years. I must post some pictures.

Anonymous said...

Hey BJ....long,long ago in the mid60's we had such a tree with the color rotator and everything. I loved it because it was so different. And didn't have a clue I was living MCM. uknowwho

monogirl said...

Amazing find! When I was a kid my friend had a color rotator and we certainly thought that was cool. I had no idea it belonged with a tree!

MoonDoggie said...

I'm intrigued as to what an 'aluminum pom-pom tree' could be a euphemism for. The only idea that springs to mind seems very painful...

Would love one of these myself. I'm not sure if the colour rotators ever made it here in England. I've not ever seen one before in these parts.

Carrie said...

Nice Harper ornament. We should have got one for ourselves too. :)

Anonymous said...

Nice nice. That color rotator is pretty boss. Bootifully lights up your aluminum tree.:D
Where did you get your Charlie Harper ornament?

Rhan Vintage said...

What an awesome post - thank you. Your tree is just too cool. Now I'm inspired to decorate!!

patiostar said...

i really love the first photo and the gingerbread house....

Emily said...

I love those things. My mother in law has one with the color wheel that she puts up every year. I love it.

midcentury-scott said...

mmm, I want a post modern gingerbread house.

Mr Thompson said...

I haven't seen a Westinghouse rotator in years! I remember well as a wee lad staring for hours at the slowly rotating wheel, tucked behind my grandmother's tree in Tampa. For a six-year old in those simpler times, few things were cooler.