Monday, December 9, 2013
Collecting Vintage Christmas...Snow Domes!
The Kitschier the Better...
One of the things I loved about Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion was the "Finders Keepers" feature in each issue. One December article was about plastic snow domes (or globes.) Plastic snow domes became popular in the 1950's, made in Japan or Hong Kong. Some of them are so cheesy and cheap looking that you can often find one at the thrift store for less than $1. Seen together...in a collection...they are colorful and very, very fun!
My Small Collection...
Five Figural Snow Domes
I had already started a small collection of figural snow domes before the magazine article came out. I was please to find out that figure-shaped domes are hard to find. Some shapes, like an elf with a gnome and mushroom in its tummy is really rare. I have a Santa with a Nativity scene in his tummy...how tacky is that? The tipsy Santa hanging on a light pole is really a funny one. I don't think any of my little guys are particularly valuable to anyone but me. I don't always display them, so it's fun to post them here.
I'm reposting this from November of 2011. I hate being lazy, but this is the third year in a row that I've gotten sick the first week of December. My Christmas Spirit has been sadly lacking and my computer is having issues since Comcast dropped off the new router. Hope to be back in good spirits soon. =D