Evergleam aluminum Christmas trees were all the rage in the early 1960s. The Manitowoc-made trees were anything but natural - artsy, space-aged, jaw-dropping.

The aluminum Christmas tree is a type of artificial Christmas tree that was popular in the United States from 1958 until about the mid-1960s. As its name suggests, the tree is made of aluminum, featuring foil needles and illumination from below via a rotating color wheel.

The poor aluminum Christmas tree was rendered "uncool"  as it was the symbol of the commercialization of Christmas in the highly acclaimed and successful 1965 television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas.  The cartoon discredited its suitability as a holiday decoration.

By the mid-2000s with a fabulous boost in all that is "retro"  aluminum trees found a a new market online, often selling for high premiums. The trees have also appeared in museum collections. They are much more lush and beautiful than the old trees of the 1960s. Costly but gorgeous...

By 1989, it was not uncommon to find aluminum Christmas trees for sale in yard sales or at estate sales being sold for as little as 25 cents.

In recent years the aluminum Christmas tree has seen a re-emergence in popularity. Collectors began buying and selling the trees, especially on online auction web sites.

A rare 7-foot-tall pink aluminum Christmas tree sold on the Internet for $3,600 in 2005

“This is the tree that Lucy referenced in the Charlie Brown special; she wanted to get an aluminum tree, perhaps painted pink,”


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