Should you find yourself mesmerized by the Evergleam exhibit currently in the window of the Wisconsin Historical Museum on North Carol Street, you may be overcome with the desire to buy one of your own. The Evergleam Aluminum Christmas Tree was a product made in the original Tinsel Town – also known as Manitowoc Wisconsin – from 1959 to 1971. Yes, you can buy a new retro-styled reproduction but, if you want an original, you might need some help finding a true Evergleam.
Theron Georges is the author of The Evergleam Book: 60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition. Published in 2019, Georges’ book is a mixture of photographs, original advertisements, and cataloged information. It’s like a yearbook for Evergleams and according to Georges, it’s an essential tool for those looking to purchase the real deal. Currently, Georges owns about 75 trees and it’s a passion that keeps him fairly busy all year.
In this edition of Radio Chipstone, Georges tells contributor Gianofer Fields that his love for the far-out shiny atomic space trees started right here on Earth.
About the Host:
gianofer (JON nah fer) fields is an Art Historian and Material Culture contributor and curates the Radio Chipstone series. The project is hosted by the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and funded by the Chipstone Foundation; a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in decorative arts.
About the Guest:
Theron Georges is a Houston-based commercial pilot, author, and avid collector of Evergleams. View more on the Evergleam Book Facebook group.
Image: Page from the book The Evergleam Book: 60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition. Courtesy of the book’s press kit.