stars ornaments

Since lighting was a problem, many innovative ideas were fostered
and promoted. Arnold Radtke, in the 1940 issue of Industrial Arts and
Vocational Education, suggested that shop teachers teach their students
to decorate the school tree wish ornaments cut from tin cans and old
aluminum kettles. These ornaments were to be in the shapes of stars,
squares circles, and even twisted spirals. Five spotlights (having red, blue,
and green colors) were to be positioned with the blue spots centered one
on each side, above, and a little toward the front of the tree. “IThe green
spots were to be placed on the floor about five feet or a little more in front
and to the side of the tree, and the red was to be suspended that the light
might fall on the front of the tree down the center. Properly disguised,
these lights would provide a multi-colored effect when directed on the
tin and aluminum decorations.
However, World War 11 had an effect upon the electric lighting of
our trees, and in general, diminished our use of even outdoor lights at
Christmas. In 1942, the Office of Civilian Defense (OCD) Director James
M. Landis stated that OCD policy discouraged the use of elaborate or
Mid to late 1940s cardboard reflectors with mirrored glass points
glued to cardboard stars. $6-8 each.

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