15 November ’17: The history of baubles

Yesterday, I spent several happy hours looking at Christmas decorations (lots in @frompaperchase and @heals_furniture, and this cute sputnik-esque one in @habitatuk, top right). Apparently we have Frank Woolworth to thank for baubles. In 1880, he reluctantly agreed to buy a box of 144 cheap decorations for his store, only to find they sold out in a matter of hours. He restocked and restocked to meet demand, so much so that in 1890 it was reported he was selling $25m worth of glass decorations each year. That’s a whole lotta festive bling.

Martha, The Colour File x

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