Season's Gleamings: The Art of the Aluminum Christmas Tree

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Melcher Media, 2004 - Religion - 79 pages
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They glitter. They shimmer. They bask in the glow of gently rotating color wheels. They last forever. Aluminum Christmas trees are the most spectacular souvenirs of our most recent Christmas Past-the Christmases of the super-mom 1960s.

Season's Gleamings is the first book to celebrate these magnificent trees. More than 45 stunning color photographs reveal the beauty and range of aluminum arbor, from red-foil tabletop models to majestic seven-footers. Photographers J. Shimon & J. Lindemann have trained their camera on their own collection of vintage trees, capturing them complete with hi-fi's and highballs.

Aluminum trees were born in 1959 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, once the "Aluminum Cookware Capitol of the World." Within a couple of years, shiny, foil-branched Christmas trees were being made by dozens of companies and selling in the millions. Elvis adorned Graceland's front yard with a row of lighted aluminum trees. Their most famous appearance was in A Charlie Brown Christmas, when Lucy ordered Charlie Brown to "get the biggest aluminum tree you can find."

Today the trade in vintage aluminum trees is fierce, and these crisp, beautiful symbols of modern living are again brightening thousands of American holidays. Season's Gleamings is a reminder of how beautiful an aluminum tree can be and makes a perfect gift for lovers of Christmases both real and artificial.

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my grandmother had the silver tree and color wheel, when i saw this book i had to have it. there are a lot of pictures and information about all the aluminum trees. i also bought one for my cousin for christmas, she's going to love it! ... Read full review


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About the author (2004)

John Shimon and Julie Lindemann have been photographing collaboratively since the mid-1980s. Their work has appeared in New York, The New York Times Magazine, and Fortune magazine, and in the books Wisconsin Then and Now: The Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Rephotography Project, Photography's Antiquarian Avant-Garde, and Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self. Shimon and Lindemann live in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and teach at the Art Institute of Chicago and Lawrence University.

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