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Teddy Bear Christmas Ornament
Teddy Bear in
Large Green Hat

Santa with Mail Bag
Midwest Imports
Animals In Christmas Stocking
Animals Ornament
Christmas Ornaments
Train Ornament
Christmas Ornaments
Santa Sleigh Ornament
Snowman Christmas Ornament
Snowman in
Large Black Hat
Christmas Ornaments
Elf Christmas Eve
Christmas Ornaments
Elf On Globe
Christmas Soccer Ornament 
Reindeer on Soccer Ball
Angel Ornaments
Angel with Mandolin
Angel Christmas Ornaments
Angel Holding Candle
Christmas Ornaments
Santa Hot Air Balloon
Angel Ornaments
Cherub Angel w/
Praying Hands
Angel Ornaments
Cherub Angel w/
Folded Hands

Angelic Innocence
Angel with Lute
Christmas Santa Ornaments
Half Moon Santa
Nautical Sailing Ship Ornament
Two Elves
Nautical Sail Boat Ornament
Sailboat Ornament
Choir Boy Ornament
Choir Boy w/ Music
Mouse Ornament
Mouse In Match Box Bed
Santa Christmas Ornaments
Santa Sewing
Santa Ornament with Cell Phone
Santa with Cell Phone
Raccoon Playing Basketball Ornament
Raccoon Playing Basketball
Elf with Candy Ornament 
Elf with Candy
Mouse on Rocking Chair Ornament 
Mouse on Rocking Chair
Santa Wrapping A Christmas Present Ornament 
Santa Wrapping Present
Cat Angel and Bird Ornament 
Cat Angel and Bird

Santa Golf Ornament 
Santa with Golf Trophy
Santa on Tradmill 
Santa Elf On Treadmill
Santa on Tennis Ball Ornament 
Cat On Tennis Ball
Bear on Exercise Bike Ornament 
Bear on Exercise Bike
Ornament For Dad 
Merry Christmas Dad
Santa Ornament 
Santa 1897
Disney Ornaments
Disney Ornaments

Boy with Lamb

Angel

Touch of Rose

 

Disney Ornaments
Disney Goofy And Mickey

Plane Ol' Holiday Fun
Christmas Ornaments
Santa Riding Bear
Christmas Disney Ornaments
Aladdin & Jasmine

Magic Carpet Ride
Disney Mickey and Minnie Ornaments
Disney Mickey and Minnie

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AMERICAN ORNAMENTS - The 1900's

 

The resumption of manufacture, and purchase, of German glass ornaments began in earnest not long after World War 1. As events in the Nineteen Thirties began to demonstrate, however, perhaps another war would not be far off.

Businessmen involved in the German ornament trade had long had sales and import offices in New York, but one in particular, Max Eckhardt, could see that his business – and the supply of Christmas ornaments so important to American households just coming out of the Great Depression – was going to be greatly affected by possible hostilities. In the late 30’s he and a representative of F.W.Woolworth, the largest seller of Christmas ornaments in the country, got together to see if they could persuade the Corning Company of Corning,New York to determine a way to make American glass ornaments. Corning had a type of machine that ordinarily made thousands of light bulbs out of a ribbon of glass. Sensing an essentially guaranteed market, Corning agreed to see if its machine (one of which now resides at The Henry Ford, America’s Greatest History Attraction, in Dearborn, Michigan) could successfully turn out glass ornaments with sufficient popular appeal.

By 1940 Corning was making about 300,000 ornaments a day, compared with the perhaps 600 for a skilled German glassblower, and sending them to other companies for decoration.The largest customer was Max Eckhardt who by now had established an All-American company known as Shiny Brite. Initially Shiny Brite Ornaments were lacquered by machine on the outside and then decorated by hand.

The following year the ornaments were silvered on the inside so they would remain “shiny bright” for longer periods, but WWII intervened and material shortages caused the company to decorate the clear glass balls with simple thin stripes in pastel colors which didn’t require as much metallic oxide pigment. Corning, moreover, was able to alter its machines to produce a greater variety of shapes and sizes of glass ball without using scarce war material.

But the necessities of war persisted and the sturdy metal cap that held the little hook for hanging the ornaments had to give way to cardboard and often you had to provide your own hanging device – yarn, at our house– to replace the less prevalent hooks.

Today, Christopher Radko, the entrepreneur who discovered and recreated many of the historic glass ornament molds from Germany and Czechoslovakia, has recreated much of the Shiny Brite ornament 

 

 

 

 

 

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