From the Victorian era through the mid 20th century, people used iron Christmas tree stands, or simply nailed a piece of wood into the tree’s base and covered it with a red skirt. But in the late 1950s, thanks to the advent of lighter materials like aluminum and steel, along came a new breed: the rotating stand. Made especially for space-age aluminum trees, these electric stands were often paired with small light wheels that projected colors onto the tree.


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