Dating shiny brite ornaments
Before World War II, almost all of the glass ornaments on American Christmas trees were imported from Germany.
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Here’s a few 1950’s catalog pages with Shiny Brites…….. In the early 60s, the increased popularity of artificial trees seemed to coincide with the need for cheap, unbreakable plastic ornaments to decorate them with. American Christmas company Poloron bought the Shiny Brite name, and Corning continued to make blanks for them, well into the 1980s. Designs were shrink wrapped onto the balls, neon glitters used, and some ornaments were made of glow in the dark plastic.
It was a simple step for Corning to convert a glass ribbon machine, previously used to make light bulbs, to one that now made clear glass ornaments.
Thompson was true to his word, and in the December of 1939, nearly 250,000 American-made ornaments filled Woolworth’s stores across the country.
The clear globes were shipped in large quantities to Eckardt’s decorating plant in New Jersey.
There they were silvered, sprayed inside with silver nitrate, and lacquered to give them a appearance.