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Mid-Century Magic: A Tale of Toys and Aluminum Christmas Trees

November 20, 2023 - January 31, 2024

The Mid-Century Magic exhibit will examine the relatively brief aluminum Christmas tree phenomenon (1959-1965) and toys associated with the wider mid-century period (1950-1969). The multi-colored trees and toys reflect a particular period of retro design and consumerism that generates wistful nostalgia and delight for audiences today. The 18 aluminum Christmas trees are being lent by Stephen and Mary Pruitt, and will be installed alongside selections of mid-century toys in the Museum’s collection. The exhibit will also explore fast-changing tastes in toy manufacturing and Christmas trees. The incredible popularity of aluminum Christmas trees quickly died out with the 1965 release of A Charlie Brown Christmas, an animated television special, in which real Christmas trees are presented as the symbolic way to save American culture and find the true, authentic meaning of the holidays again.

Join the Museum for this exciting exhibition for the Holiday season!

Don’t forget about these special Holiday events as well:

Meet the Experts | Mid-Century Modern Aluminum Christmas Trees Talk with Stephen and Mary Pruitt:

Meet the Experts: Mid-Century Modern Aluminum Christmas Trees


Mid-Century Magic Holiday Party:

Mid-Century Magic Holiday Party



November 20, 2023
January 31
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