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Christmas with Vintage Aluminum Christmas trees

Updated on December 17, 2017

Christmas with an Aluminum Christmas tree is a magical silver Christmas. These amazing shiny spectacles of joy are fun to collect and use year after year during the holidays, complete the tree display with a vintage color wheel and you will have a holiday memory in the making. Vintage aluminum Christmas trees are very easy to find these days, many can be found on eBay and at antique stores during the holidays. The aluminum Pom Pom Christmas tree was symbolic of the coming of the futurist space age, and nothing said Christmas like high luster aluminum. It is not really a vintage Eames era Christmas without a Mad Men era aluminum Pom Pom Christmas tree. This was the tree that was to become the holiday poster boy and masterpiece of the coming modern space age Xmas. The vintage aluminum Christmas tree, better known back in the early 1960s as the silver bright sparkler or Pom Pom Xmas tree was the tree everyone wanted back in the good old days of the blast off into the future early 1960’s. Modern Coatings, Inc. in Chicago made the first commercially manufactured Aluminum tree sometime around 1955. Two of the very first aluminum Pom Pom Christmas tree were made in 1959 just before the Christmas season and were manufactured by the Star Band Company in Portsmouth, Virginia, and the Aluminum Specialty Company in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, in the United States of America. Soon after these first three company’s aluminum Christmas trees appeared on the market there were many other Aluminum Christmas Tree manufacturers who went into business, and adopted the style of these trees.

Christmas with an Aluminum Christmas tree is a magical silver Christmas. These amazing shiny spectacles of joy are fun to collect and use year after year during the holidays
Christmas with an Aluminum Christmas tree is a magical silver Christmas. These amazing shiny spectacles of joy are fun to collect and use year after year during the holidays

The aluminum Christmas tree became extremely popular and sought after by the public in the early and mid-1960s. With beautiful mercury glass balls of red, blue and green these trees were very dazing to behold. Throw in a color wheel and you are on the launch pad for an awesome display that gives a dazzling brilliance to any room. The Aluminum Christmas tree remained a top seller on the market until the mid 1970s, and was phased out by the bicentennial year of 1976 when more traditional trees became popular. Originally, the trees predominant color was silver and represented a wonderfully-sparkling breathtaking symbol the "Space Age Era" with silver reflecting bright moving points of light that had silvery shimmering branches. However in the late 1960s pink, purple, gold, green, red and a whole gallery of colors became available. Even the famous vintage aluminum Christmas tree the Sparkler or POM-POM was later manufactured in various other shades such as blue, pink, green and red. In our times these remarkable and well-made aluminum trees are found on vintage sites across the internet with their swirled and tapered fullness ready to be UN-boxed for a new Christmas.

A Pom Pom Sparkler Christmas Tree with a Color Wheel

On a vintage Aluminum Christmas tree I prefer a mix color assortment of balls, with different sizes and shapes. You cannot and would not want to string Christmas lights onto an aluminum Christmas tree, this would just be very ugly. Also this could be a major fire hazard because the tree is not design to handle electrical lights, and is made of aluminum which is a conductor of electricity. The branches are also incredibly delicate, and are already heavily layered with sparking aluminum.

It is not really a vintage Eames era Christmas without a Mad Men era Aluminum Pom Pom Christmas tree.
It is not really a vintage Eames era Christmas without a Mad Men era Aluminum Pom Pom Christmas tree.

Magical Christmas Eve with the Pom Pom Christmas Tree

Ever-gleam Aluminum or Ever-bright Pom Pom Christmas Trees

Often folks think of aluminum Christmas Trees as the “1950s Christmas Trees". But the truth is most of the aluminum trees were manufactured in the early 1960s One of the first well know aluminum Christmas trees brands was manufactured in the year 1959 and was called an Ever-gleam tree they were the first to reach the large department stores of the Midwest. The Ever-gleam trees were made in Manitowoc which is a town located in Wisconsin by the world famous Aluminum Specialty Company which was already well established in many retail stores with it kitchen products. Soon many other companies soon began making aluminum Christmas trees such as the Ever-bright Pom Pom Christmas tree which had Pom Poms on the end of the branches and made the trees look like they were cheerleaders with Pom Pom; these trees were made be the Star Band Company in Portsmouth, Virginia, and these trees became popular in the department stores located in the southeast and the east coast areas.

The Amazing 1960 Silver Bright Aluminum Pom Pom Tree

The Amazing 1960 Silver Bright Aluminum Pom Pom Tree. Life was good back in the 1960s for the Aluminum tree business, and draperies were also great  ...
The Amazing 1960 Silver Bright Aluminum Pom Pom Tree. Life was good back in the 1960s for the Aluminum tree business, and draperies were also great ...

The Aluminum Pom Pom Christmas Tree & Chatty Cathy Dolls

Evergleam Aluminum Christmas Tree, by Aluminum Specialty Co.

Evergleam Aluminum Christmas Tree manufactured by the Aluminum Specialty Company of Manitowoc, Wisconson. This lovely tree measures 7-feet tall and is complete with 100 branches and tripod stand.
Evergleam Aluminum Christmas Tree manufactured by the Aluminum Specialty Company of Manitowoc, Wisconson. This lovely tree measures 7-feet tall and is complete with 100 branches and tripod stand.

Julie Andrews , The Bells of Christmas, with a Pom Pom Christmas Tree

Vintage aluminum Christmas trees are also referred to as the modern space age Christmas tree. One must remember that great care must be taken when decorating an aluminum tree due to the tree being delicate and vintage, and the remarkable way they are made requires one to be gentle with the metal rod branches that are coated with layers of silver aluminum foil of woven aluminum. The decorations on these trees need to be very light. You cannot decorate these trees with heavy ornaments the same way you would decorate a live tree, or artificial green plastic tree. It would be good to have a nice collection of light weight vintage mercury glass balls to decorate a vintage aluminum tree with, some folks like to use just one color scheme such as all blue or all red. I prefer a mixed selection of different colors on my trees.

Putting up our Splendor Stainless Aluminum Christmas Tree

Grantley & Our 1960 Splendor Stainless Aluminum Christmas Tree

Grantley putting up our Splendor Stainless Aluminum Christmas Tree in our Man Cave upstairs, The tree was made by in 1960 by the R.O. Kent in New York, made in the USA.
Grantley putting up our Splendor Stainless Aluminum Christmas Tree in our Man Cave upstairs, The tree was made by in 1960 by the R.O. Kent in New York, made in the USA. | Source
Grantley putting up our Splendor Stainless Aluminum Christmas Tree in our Man Cave upstairs, The tree was made by in 1960 by the R.O. Kent in New York, made in the USA.
Grantley putting up our Splendor Stainless Aluminum Christmas Tree in our Man Cave upstairs, The tree was made by in 1960 by the R.O. Kent in New York, made in the USA.
Grantley putting up our Splendor Stainless Aluminum Christmas Tree in our Man Cave upstairs, The tree was made by in 1960 by the R.O. Kent in New York, made in the USA.
Grantley putting up our Splendor Stainless Aluminum Christmas Tree in our Man Cave upstairs, The tree was made by in 1960 by the R.O. Kent in New York, made in the USA.

The first Aluminum Christmas Tree in 1959, its a Magical Time

Have a bit of tinsel baby, the first Aluminum Christmas Tree in 1959, count down to the 1960s space age just began, things are starting to change.
Have a bit of tinsel baby, the first Aluminum Christmas Tree in 1959, count down to the 1960s space age just began, things are starting to change.

Pom Pom Sparkler, the Star Aluminum Christmas Tree

With beautiful mercury glass balls of red, blue and green these trees were very dazing to behold.
With beautiful mercury glass balls of red, blue and green these trees were very dazing to behold.

Xmas Trees and Decorations were made in the USA in the 1960s

Many trees in the southeast are the Pom Pom brand. These aluminum Christmas tree are wider and larger than most. Pom Pom tree were made by Star Band Co., Inc. in Portsmouth, these were in sizes from two feet to twelve feet high and were very wide and full. The most popular ones were the six foot tree, some having over ninety branches or more. These trees were being made in the United States and sold all over north America, Mexico, and Canada back in the early 1960s, and it was also in this era that a lot more holiday products were being made all over the United States of America, such as the tree wheel lights, and the decorations, and the balls for the trees.


Classic Aluminum Christmas tree with Color Wheel

Mint Six foot Evergleam Pom Pom Aluminum Christmas Tree

Vintage 6 foot Evergleam Aluminum Christmas Tree with 93 branches complete in sleeves with tripod stand,box, and original instructions.
Vintage 6 foot Evergleam Aluminum Christmas Tree with 93 branches complete in sleeves with tripod stand,box, and original instructions.

The Box for the Stainless Evergleam Aluminum Christmas Tree

Has the original instruction sheet and a store advertising hang card, as it was used as a floor display.  That is probably the only time this beautiful Silver Aluminum Christmas Tree was ever used.
Has the original instruction sheet and a store advertising hang card, as it was used as a floor display. That is probably the only time this beautiful Silver Aluminum Christmas Tree was ever used.

Vintage Evergleam 7ft Gold Aluminum Christmas Tree

Lovers of Antiques know Vintage Aluminum Trees are Special

Most lovers of fine antiques know there is something very special about vintage aluminum trees. I think of my grandmother every year when I put my tree up, and I admire the fact that she always kept it in pristine condition with its original box, and paperwork. It was always incredible to me that she could get a six foot tree into the box the size of a bread box. I have always cherished both the box, and the tree, and kept every paper sleeve safe, just as my grandmother would always do every year it is a family tradition.

So many Colors and Styles of Vintage Aluminum Tress to Chose from.

You can have Pom Pom or standard limbs, or sizes from mini, to small, to medium, even large and extra large.
You can have Pom Pom or standard limbs, or sizes from mini, to small, to medium, even large and extra large.

The Star Band Co 1960 Sparkler Pom Pom Christmas Tree Box

The 1960 Sparkler Pom Pom Christmas Tree Box. Tree number M452 it is four feet high when put to gather. Made in 1960 by the Star Band Company in Portsmouth Virgina ...
The 1960 Sparkler Pom Pom Christmas Tree Box. Tree number M452 it is four feet high when put to gather. Made in 1960 by the Star Band Company in Portsmouth Virgina ...

Inside the Box of the 1960 Pom Pom Sparkler Christmas Tree

Inside the Box of the 1960 Pom Pom Sparkler Christmas Tree ... as you can see they paid a great deal of attention to keeping these branches safe by packing them in individual rappers.
Inside the Box of the 1960 Pom Pom Sparkler Christmas Tree ... as you can see they paid a great deal of attention to keeping these branches safe by packing them in individual rappers.

Aluminum Pom Pom Christmas Tree, & Vintage Xmas Decorations

Built to last, a 1960 Aluminum Sparkler Pom Pom Christmas Tree

 Built to last, The Vintage Aluminum Sparkler Pom Pom Christmas Tree by Star Band Co., Inc. of Portsmouth Virgina ... These trees were made by folks that really cared about the product they were making ...
Built to last, The Vintage Aluminum Sparkler Pom Pom Christmas Tree by Star Band Co., Inc. of Portsmouth Virgina ... These trees were made by folks that really cared about the product they were making ...

The Pom Pom Christmas Tree, and her Color Wheel, for the Holidays

Evergleam green 8 foot taper Christmas tree with 124 branches.

 A vintage Evergleam green 8FT. taper Christmas tree with 124 branches. The condition is as good as we have ever seen on one of these aluminum trees.
A vintage Evergleam green 8FT. taper Christmas tree with 124 branches. The condition is as good as we have ever seen on one of these aluminum trees.

Deck the Halls, Decorating for a Merry Christmas

With the right glass balls and decorations on the branches these trees will enhance any room.
With the right glass balls and decorations on the branches these trees will enhance any room.

The beauty about this tree is it is naturally sparkly especially when you have a color wheel at its base. With the right glass balls and decorations on the branches these trees will enhance any room which have warm comfortable lighting because the silver in the tree will pick up the light and made the room shimmer with a dazzling brilliance. Remember it is always good to have a well-made vintage color wheel and place it on the floor in back of or in front of the tree, when the color wheel spends it will bring out the tree's natural or should I say unnatural colors and then you will fill like you are in the 1960s again!

Vintage Aluminum Christmas tree in Mid-century

Blue & Green Pom Pom Silver Forest Aluminium Christmas Tree

This tree is 92 inches tall from the bottom of the stand to the top of  tree with small branch that sticks in top.  There are 114 branches. Pom Pom Silver Forest Aluminium Christmas Tree 7 1/2'  beautiful blue and green colors ...
This tree is 92 inches tall from the bottom of the stand to the top of tree with small branch that sticks in top. There are 114 branches. Pom Pom Silver Forest Aluminium Christmas Tree 7 1/2' beautiful blue and green colors ...

The Box for the Blue & Green Silver Forest Aluminum Christmas

The box for the Pom Pom Silver Forest Aluminum Christmas Tree 7 1/2' Blue & Green 114 Branches, and made in the USA back in the glorious early 1960s.
The box for the Pom Pom Silver Forest Aluminum Christmas Tree 7 1/2' Blue & Green 114 Branches, and made in the USA back in the glorious early 1960s.

Grantley Putting Up the Pom Pom Christmas Tree Part Two

Early 1960s Peco Seven foot Aluminum Christmas Tree 151 Branches

Early 1960s Peco Seven foot Aluminum Christmas Tree with 151 Pom Pom end branches. Very good used condition; complete with all 151 branches, 151 paper sleeves, two trunk poles, pole joining pin, & metal stand.
Early 1960s Peco Seven foot Aluminum Christmas Tree with 151 Pom Pom end branches. Very good used condition; complete with all 151 branches, 151 paper sleeves, two trunk poles, pole joining pin, & metal stand.

The Pom Pom Christmas Tree is ready for the Decorations

It is Magical what you can do with Aluminum Christmas Trees

You can go with turquoise or lime green bows, with wrapping paper, and decorations to match. Or if you are feeling blue you can have a blue Christmas with an Aluminum tree anything is possible.
You can go with turquoise or lime green bows, with wrapping paper, and decorations to match. Or if you are feeling blue you can have a blue Christmas with an Aluminum tree anything is possible.

An Early 1960s Beauty, the Evergleam 121 branch “Slim Line”

An early 1960s beauty, the Evergleam 121 branch "Slim Line" model aluminum tree I own. I think it looks good enough to leave with out decorations, this model was made for folks with limited space, such as apartment dwellers, and is very well made.
An early 1960s beauty, the Evergleam 121 branch "Slim Line" model aluminum tree I own. I think it looks good enough to leave with out decorations, this model was made for folks with limited space, such as apartment dwellers, and is very well made.

The Pom Pom Christmas tree from 1950s Made in the USA by the Star Band Co.

Blue-green Seven foot Aluminum Holiday Christmas tree

The vintage emerald green blue seven foot stainless aluminum Holiday Christmas tree. This is a most have for a true vintage tree lover.
The vintage emerald green blue seven foot stainless aluminum Holiday Christmas tree. This is a most have for a true vintage tree lover.

The World's ONLY Vintage Aluminum Tree Museum

Pom Pom Fountain Vintage 8 foot Evergleam Aluminum Silver

A vintage, mid-century 8 foot Evergleam 121 branch silver stainless aluminum fountain Pom Pom Christmas tree. This is a beautiful blast from the past ...
A vintage, mid-century 8 foot Evergleam 121 branch silver stainless aluminum fountain Pom Pom Christmas tree. This is a beautiful blast from the past ...

The Box for the 8 ft Evergleam Pom Pom Fountain Christmas Tree

The Box for the  8 ft Evergleam Aluminum silver Pom Pom Fountain CHRISTMAS TREE
The Box for the 8 ft Evergleam Aluminum silver Pom Pom Fountain CHRISTMAS TREE

Vintage Aluminum Christmas seven foot beauty.

This is a beautiful vintage tree with 153 Pom Pom branches. The trunk of the tree is in 2 sections held together with a metal pin, it is painted silver.
This is a beautiful vintage tree with 153 Pom Pom branches. The trunk of the tree is in 2 sections held together with a metal pin, it is painted silver.

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      Burke Mathes 3 years ago

      I had a seven foot tall silver pom pom Christmas tree it was beautiful, my wife sold it in a garage sell in the early 1980s. I wish I still had it, I hate dealing with a live tree, the water, and pine needles. It only took 15 minutes to put the Aluminum tree up, and take it down, very amazing.

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