Christmas truly is one of the most wonderful times of the year -- everywhere just looks like part of Tinseltown as glamorous Christmas lights, outdoor music and carols, huge red-and-green cut-outs of Santa Claus, and of course, the Christmas trees. Mid-century, the trees get their makeover.
Fake Christmas trees have been around for centuries, and the first artificial Christmas trees that were mass-produced were made in Germany in the 1800's using green-dyed goose feathers. In the 330's, Christmas trees were made from brush bristles, in which the needles were dyed animal hair.
In 1963 came the aluminum Christmas tree -- a silvery tree that goes with or without any decor. It was like a blank canvas ready to be painted and adorned on, and the luster of the branches just amplified its yuletide theme. Completely fireproof, too. No wonder our grandmothers and mothers were so into it!
Images are from Flashbak.