Between 1999 and 2008, Bill and George Nelson recorded and illustrated the history of Christmas tree lamps and the businesses behind them through the "Old Christmas Lights" and "Antique Christmas Lights Museum" web sites. The 2008 version, which was largely George Nelson's work has been painstakingly reconstructed in the OldChristmasTreeLights.com site.
But some folks like Bill's earlier versions better. When Bill's version became unavailable, fan Tom Elmore saved what he could and created a working reconstruction of Bill's site, circa 2003. Tom spent hundreds of hours on the reconstruction, so it's not only an archive - it's the most complete and functional archive ever made of Bill's pages. (There's also a lot of Tom's work buried in the HTML code, so please don't imagine these pages are public domain.) Tom made his reconstruction available to his readers at telmore.com for several years. However, seeing our efforts to protect the 2008 version of the site, Tom has graciously allowed us to share his reconstrction of Bill's 2003 site on these pages.
Initially you might think that posting both the 2003 and 2008 site would be redundant. But the brothers had different approaches to the content, different organizational and writing styles, and even different content. So we believe it is for everyone's benefit to present both versions.
The rest of these pages are in Bill's own words, not ours, That said, if you have any comments, corrections, concerns, or questions about these pages, please contact us through our Contact page.
Please note that the site authors Bill and George Nelson collected and catalogued the lights and related products shown on these pages - they did not sell them, and we don't either.
As Bill often said, "Thanks for stopping by."
We now return you to Bill's own introduction to this unique resource.
Hello, and welcome to my website, devoted to providing information about the development of electric Christmas lighting in America. Here you'll learn all about Twentieth Century electric holiday lighting in the United States, and see how it has changed over the years. Did you know that in the earliest days, Christmas lights were so expensive that they were commonly rented for the season? We've come a long way since 1900...
Thanks for stopping by, and it is my sincere wish that you enjoy browsing through a bit of America's early electric Christmas heritage!
TABLE OF CONTENTS HISTORY THE TIMELINE MANUFACTURER'S HISTORIES THE PATENT PAGES
THE PRE-ELECTRIC ERA VINTAGE ADVERTISING THE LIGHT SET GALLERIES RELATED LINKS
Please note this site is presented for historical purposes only.
contents and pictures on this website are ©1999-2003 by and are the
property of the author,
The site was last updated on December 24 2003
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