Mid-century Manitowoc, WI was known as the ‘Aluminum Capital of the World’ most notably for cookware.
In 1959, a new product emerged. The ‘space-aged’ Aluminum Christmas tree was just what the modern family was looking for!
Aluminum Specialty Company, located in Manitowoc, became the market leader with their Evergleam brand, producing over 4 million trees in the next 10 years!
Trees came in 5 sizes: 2’, 4’, 6’, 7’, & 8’. The most common color being silver, but gold, green, pink and blue were also available. Each year new variations were also introduced, as were complimentary products, such as color wheels and rotating tree stands and wall décor.
As the market demand increased, so did the competition, including another one right here in Manitowoc, Mirro! In all, over 40 other companies produced trees in all price ranges and qualities.
By the mid 1960’s the Aluminum Tree had lost some of the shine, as people decided to get back to basics and observe a less commercialized holiday.
Aluminum Trees were rarely considered ‘collectible’ until recently, so this private collection of nearly 300 Evergleam trees is quite special, and we believe it might possibly be the Largest in the World!
Featured will be many uniquely different trees and multiple color wheels and rotating stands...all for your enjoyment!
Grab a map at any location where you see a tree or make a copy of the one below or make a reservation on the 'Trolley to the Trees' that will be running on Saturday, Dec. 1 or Dec. 15 at 5:00, 6:00 or 7:00 for an in depth tour that will include even more history and lots of fun facts...so prepare to be aluminized!
2018 18 Downtown Manitowoc Aluminum Trees
'Evergleams On Eighth' is Back
for it's 3rd Year in
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The trolley tours were available on Dec. 1 & Dec. 15 at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 for a fee of $10/person. Sorry you missed it!
Thanks to our sponsors: City of Manitowoc, Aspire Real Estate Group, Heart & Homestead, Novak's Service Center, AV-Dynamics, Crystal Pathway, Custom Health Pharmacy and Kathie's Stage Door Pub.