What Christmas Trees Looked Like 100 Years Ago

Christmas tree in the Orson Reynolds House around 1880.  (Credit:  Reynolds Genealogy).

Mrs OE Friend's Christmas tree, 1939

Live from Madison Square Park in 1910!

Here we see some tinsel coming in to the picture in the late 1890's.  And also a star on the top.  We could sit in this room all day - you can almost feel the warmth from the fire!

Here is one of the only known photos of a tree glimmering with those actualcandles!  This photo is from a party in the year 1900.  Let's hope someone was watching that tree very closely!

We LOVE this photo from a house in Dayton, Ohio in 1910.  Here we see more developed ornaments and even some popcorn tinsel!  And look at those dolls and the little buggy.  Big Christmas!

Another early 1900s photo of a big tree with lots of presents.  Isn't it neat to see the presents all wrapped like ordinary packages?  The colorful paper wouldn't become the norm for many years after.

This cute photo from 1933 shows a popular child actor screaming in delight at his Christmas haul.

And what would Christmas be if it didn't have a little glamour?  This 1910 photo shows an early view of the flapper fashion, but she's definitely lighting those candles with a match.  Lord help us!

Many families opted for smaller trees that they put on a table as part of a Christmas display.

The early 1900s tree here shows some handmade ornaments and a few gifts ready for the kids.

The early 1900s tree here shows some handmade ornaments and a few gifts ready for the kids. 

 

Here is a more traditional small tree from New South Wales.