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Indents were very popular, and solid color balls were being used on aluminum trees.By the mid-1950s, the shapes became even more fancy.Many of us probably remember these glass ornaments from the ’40s and ’50s as part of our childhood.

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"In there were several of the little ornaments that have pinecone bodies and cute little heads (gnomes? Kim also asked about flocked plastic figures - "a bit tacky, but also a bit cute." I turned to my other go-to Christmas reference book, "Christmas, 1960 - present," also by Robert Brenner, and found a reference to them.

From Ruthann (no blog): "My question is, how many different Shiny Brites have you come across? Water is the worst thing in the world for glass ornaments. " My go-to Christmas reference book, "Christmas, 1940 - 1959," by Robert Brenner, has a photo of these on the cover.

I wonder how many different ones were made; not just colors but designs too." Oh, I love this question because it feels like a project! There were balls, and balls with indents, and balls with stripes, and balls with stencils, and odd shapes like lanterns and UFOs and tornados, and bells, and different sizes of bells, not to mention all the different colors, and the latter-day Shiny Brites with glitter designs, and now I really want to try to document this. But my son insists on the day after Thanksgiving, and we all know that Christmas is for children. There were several questions about cleaning ornaments. Storing them with hangers attached is a bad idea, by the way, because the hangers can scratch them. Pinecone people, the book says, were very popular in the 1950s and were made in Germany and Italy. I've seen them on skis, with musical instruments, with books, with little lanterns - there seems to be no end to the variations.

Kathy said she wasn't going to ask me anything but she forgot she asked me a long time ago how to identify ornaments from Poland. One, because once you know what an ornament from Poland looks like, you can identify it from across a room, and second BECAUSE SOMEONE ACTUALLY CARES ABOUT PROPERLY IDENTIFYING ORNAMENTS.

(Perhaps I'll write about properly identifying ornaments at a different time. Ornaments from Poland also have distinctive patterns, like vertical stripes and glitter that's arranged like fish scales and handpainted flowers.

That made them appear very dull, so very quickly they were decorated with a sprig of tinsel on the inside to make them sparkle.

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