This archive of Bill Nelson's 2001 web site was provided by Fred Fox and is sponsored by:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Archive: 2001 Version of this Site
All destinations in blue are hyperlinks-just click, and away you'll go...
Home Page- Introduction and an overview of what this site is all about.
A Brief History- Information about how the electric Christmas lighting industry got started, a picture of the first electric Christmas tree, and information about the earliest days of electric Christmases.
An Illustrated Timeline- A listing and description of many of the major events in the history and development of electric Christmas lighting.
Hints and Helps on Dating your Lights- Here is a compilation of much of the information presented elsewhere on this site that will help you to assign an approximate date of manufacture to your vintage lighting collectible. This feature has been requested by many of this site's visitors, and is now available!
Manufacturer's Histories- This section provides information about many of the major Christmas lighting manufacturers, and is illustrated with vintage photographs of some of the early factories and shops.
The Patent Pages- Here you'll find information on a lot of the patents for early electric Christmas decorations and lights, as well as tree stands and a few other Christmas related inventions. Also images of Edison's patent for the first practical light bulb-the one that started it all! Each of the patents has a clickable image of the inventor's drawing with it. Very interesting and informative.
The Pre-Electric Era- This section is devoted to some of the devices used to light Christmas trees before the dawn of the Electric Age. Some very interesting devices here!
Vintage Advertising- A lot can be learned from old advertisements, and this section presents images of ads for some very early lighting outfits as well as some of the many wonderfully-colored offerings from the 1940s.
The Light Sets-Picture and Information Galleries- By far the largest division of this site, this is the place to come to date and identify the lighting outfits in your collection. Profusely illustrated and constantly growing, the lighting outfits are presented in the approximate order of their arrival on the market. The pages and sections are divided into specific time periods for your convenience.
The "Learn More About:" Pages- These special pages, accessible at the end of their appropriate sections, will help you to learn more about two special and highly collectable types of Christmas lights:
Interesting and Related Links- Did you know that Christmas lights are still manufactured under the NOMA name? The links page will help you get to NOMA's websites in both the United States and Great Britain, as well as to other companies who sell lights. You'll also find links to antique dealers specializing in antique Christmas lights, other collectors, and to some of the authors of well known Christmas collectibles books!
Frequently asked Questions- Here are the answers to many of the questions I've been asked since the previous version of this site went online on September 7, 2000. This section is updated frequently, so check back often.
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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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