Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Tree - 1928


Another highly detailed tree.  Note the toys and the unique solution to their problem of a too low hanging light fixture.  These are the Christmas trees of our parents' childhoods, if their families had enough money.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The reason the tree is all up in the middle of the light fixture hanging from the ceiling is because back in the 20's the 2-prong plug like we see on every electrical device now was not standard at that time. It was a screw in base the size of a standard light bulb. Initially houses were only wired with lighting taken into consideration. There were no wall outlets. So to get power to the Christmas lights you had to have a ceiling fixture or a wall sconce nearby to screw the plug into the socket.

Gus said...

Thanks...good information. Looks like a real fire hazard to me. I seem to recall seeing some very early pictures where the lighted tree decorations actually used small candles...the thought of it makes my hair stand on end.