A reader writes:
I have a Santa Face made by Noma Electric Corp. Cat. No. 551. Can you tell me anything about it? I bought it at a garage sale for $5.00 and it works. Thank you.
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Thanks for getting in touch. My source on this page below puts it in the late fifties to early sixties.http://www.oldchristmastreelights.com/b ... ge_two.htm
I'll forward your message to a friend who knows a LOT more about this stuff than I do.
Fred Fox runs an online store of Christmas Collectibles called NoelKat, and I always count on him to keep me "honest." when I comment on a collectible.
NOMA started as a bunch of different companies and there were several plants even after they merged into a single business, so it might be interesting to know which factory yours was made in.
I've seen them in good condition listed for $20 and for 80. I've seen some sold in the $20 range on the internet. I've never seen one sold for much more than that. So I hope you bought it to display and not to pay college tuition.
Hope this helps - Paul