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Christmas Lights Time Line
1610 - Tinsel Invented in Germany. Originally made from Silver rolled into wafer thin strips.
1800 - First Christmas tree erected at Queen Lodge (Windsor) for Queen Charlotte,
1848 - The Illustrated London News features Price Albert's Christmas tree at Windsor Castle.
1855 - First Record of Christmas Trees in the US.
1870 - Glass ornaments where being imported to decorate Christmas trees. Presumably
1877 - Carbon Filament Lamp Invented By Sir Joseph Swan
1878 - Carbon Filament Lamp Demonstrated By Sir Joseph Swan
1879 - Thomas Edison Demonstrates his Carbon Filament Lamp in US
1880 - Swan Demonstrates Electric Lamps are an effective alternative to gas lighting.
The increasing availability of Christmas decorations leads to a trend
Thomas Edison takes Joseph Swan to Court over alleged patent infringement.
1881 - Factory set-up to manufacture Swan's electric lamps
1882 - Edward H Johnston (a friend of Edison) installs Christmas Tree light by electric lamps in New York US.
1883 - Edison and Swan join forces to establish Edison & Swan Electric Light Company (later Ediswan).
1900 - Decorations are now widely available leading to a trend in themed trees where the decorations
1901 - First Christmas Tree Lights go into Production.
Queen Victoria Dies as does the Christmas tree as a status symbol.
1914 - Swan Died.
1930 - The Victorian Christmas becomes resurrected. Large flamboyant trees are back in fashion with many
1940s - War means that Christmas trees become difficult to obtain as cutting down trees for decoration was
1947 - Oslo (Norway) send the first Trafalgar Square Christmas tree as a thank you for Britain's
The Christmas tree returns to popularity partly thanks to artificial trees manufactured in the US
1950 - FW Woolworth now has a large share of the Christmas decoration market.
1960 - Silver, self illuminated artificial trees start to appear. These have a light source in the base
1980 - Artificial trees are still popular largely because they make very little mess.
1990 - Britain gets nostalgic for the Victorian Christmas with real trees making a comeback.