1900s Christmas ornaments

The Golden Age of Christmas

Explore the Gallery this holiday season and see examples of the wide variety of vintage ornaments that were available in the early 1900’s. Your tour guide will explain how these beautiful glass ornaments were made, including a series of molds used in the process of making blown glass ornaments. Metallic tinsel, Kugels, spun glass, three-dimensional Dresdens and many more original ornaments will be on display as well as original Christmas cards that were a new way to keep in touch with your family and friends at the turn of the 20th century. Shiny ornaments were especially appreciated because they added shine and glow to a Christmas tree before electricity and lights were available.

Christmas images from influential nineteenth-century cartoonist Thomas Nast will also be on display. Nast took inspiration from Clement C. Moore’s poem, “A Visit from Saint Nicholas,” and gave the world their first glimpse of Santa Claus. Moore described him as a “right jolly old elf.”
The exhibit is part of our holiday tours and runs from November 20, 2018 to January 6, 2019.
All ages, free, suggested donation $2 per person.