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MANUFACTURER'S HISTORIES, page 3
1931 picture-postcard of the original Royal Electric Offices in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Below are pictured a few examples of some of the typical early dealers of electric Christmas lighting:
Jonathan Francis Feinmette of Great Falls, Minnesota had a clock shop for many years. During Christmas, he sold General Electric lighting outfits. Note the sign on the outside of the building to the left, directly under the light. It reads: "XMAS Outfits" and shows Santa decorating the tree. This picture was taken on December 2, 1909.
Electric Christmas lights were sold in department stores, Five and Dime shops, and hardware stores during the earliest days. There would always be a large display of lights in the center of the store, as well as several smaller displays at the check out counter. The manufacturers would provide colorful signs for posting both outside and inside the store, and often would provide countertop stand-up displays as well. The sign to the left was provided by the Propp Company to its dealers in the early 1920s. Few of these signs remain today, and to come across one in displayable condition is quite a stroke of luck. This particular sign was found in the attic of an old hardware store in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. It was being used to cover up a group of small holes made by a long-ago visiting woodpecker, who decided it was great fun to make the holes in The Mynatt Brothers Hardware rear addition and living quarters. It has survived quite well, despite being held in place with a large number of cobbler's nails.
Cooke Hardware in Boston, Massachusetts proudly advertised that it carried both regular electric lights and electric Christmas lights. Picture is dated
November 14, 1918 on the back.
STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION--MORE COMING SOON!
This section of the website has been prepared with the welcome and able assistance of Gene Teslovic, my friend and mentor, who got me started in this wonderful hobby.
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Note: This is an archive of the late Bill Nelson's "Antique Christmas Light" web site as it existed in 2001. Except for contact information, link updates, and some information that has been lost, we have attempted to keep the text and illustrations as Bill presented them. However, the original pages included much outdated HTML code and graphic conventions, so we have done a lot of work "behind the scenes" to bring you this archive. Consequently:
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