Artifact of the Week: Aluminum Christmas Tree from Morwood’s

One of the Welland Museum’s most recently accepted donations is this aluminium Christmas tree that was originally purchased at Morwood’s Hardware Store (located on West Main Street). We even have the original box!

This tree was produced by the United States Silver Tree Co.

An aluminium Christmas tree is a type of artificial Christmas tree that was popular from 1958 until about the mid-1960s. As its name suggests, the tree is made of aluminium, featuring foil needles.

Aluminium Christmas trees were first commercially manufactured sometime around 1955, they remained popular into the 1960s, and were manufactured into the 1970s.

This tree would have retailed for around $25.

This artifact is currently on display in our Christmas Corner of the Carnegie Gallery.