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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 12:14 pm 
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If you plug it in and it's made out of cardboard, here's a place for it. Maria Cudequest found this one on eBay:

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Putz-Mi ... 417d333384

I'd be tempted to replace the bulb with one that wasn't coated. Yes, I know, that wouldn't be authentic.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 12:20 pm 
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Here's another one Maria found on eBay:

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-LIGHTED ... 540021db54


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And here's another winner - this one is from my collection, late 50's to 60's; the little tree and roof are made of cardboard--the rest of the house is wood, glass and plastic. I no longer have the little cardboard tree---it was smoking one day from the heat of the bulb underneath it and I was forced to throw it away!

No longer dangerous now but I shudder to think what might have happened had I not been there to see it


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Maria, not much ventilation in that tree-cone, was there? The thing that is strange to me is the playing-card color scheme on the building's side. Not something you see often in this sort of decoration.


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Reader Gary G sent this several weeks ago, but I just now had a chance to post it here.

Hello Paul, hope you don't mind me sending you these pictures. I wasn't to sure how to post them on the web site under Light Up Cardboard Decorations. This is a Christmas motion lamp that we had from the 1930's. It is made of pressed paper (lightweight cardboard) with almost tissue paper type windows with three different scenes printed on each window. Inside the revolving cylinder shows Merry Christmas thru the windows, or Happy New Year if the cylinder was purchased separately.I first saw this advertised in a Garrison-Wagner catalog I had from the mid 30's,that I wish I still had! It took years to find one, and I have seen only one other. I also had a very large motion lamp collection and never found any listing info on this lamp. The house itself was made by the Gerkee-Allen carton co. and the metal fan (spinner) was made by the Metal Goods Corp. both of St. Louis. The first three pics are file pictures, and the other two are how we displayed it at Christmas. Wish they were better, am still looking thru a BIG box of pictures.If you can post these,that would be great as I have a lot of info I would like to share. Thanks. gary-g.

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I don't know how I missed that little brick house but I did--and I love it!


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The color scheme of the roof is odd for a Christmas-themed piece as well. Maybe there were going to offer spinners for Easter or other holidays, too. That IS an unusual piece for any number of reasons.


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