Thursday, December 1, 2016

Throwback Thursday "Rockefeller Center Tree 1950"


I cannot believe it is December 1st already! Where did this year go exactly? I found this very cool photograph from 1950 of the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Looks as gorgeous then as it does now, however, I try to avoid area as much as possible. Just too darn crowded for my liking.

A little history on this famous tree:

The tree, usually a Norway spruce 69 to 100 feet (21 to 30 m) tall, has been put up every year since 1933.The trees are now scouted by the Head Gardener at Rockefeller Center, Erik Pauzé. Once a suitable tree is located, a crane supports it while it is cut and moves it to a custom telescoping trailer that can transport trees up to 125 feet (38 m) tall, although the width of New York City streets passing through Rockefeller Center limits the height of the trees to 110 feet (34 m). Local, family-owned business, Christmas Tree Brooklyn provides logistics support for delivering the tree safely into the city.

Once at the Rockefeller Center, the tree is supported by four guy-wires attached at its midpoint and by a steel spike at its base. Scaffolding is erected around the tree to assist workers in hanging 45,000 multi-colored, LED lights.

The star that has topped the tree since 2004 is 9.5 feet (2.9 m) in diameter and weighs 550 pounds (250 kg). This "Swarovski Star" was created by German artist Michael Hammers, who in 2009 additionally designed his own star lighting production. In 2007, the tree went "green", employing LED lights.

The tree in 2016 is from Oneonta, NY, a Norway spruce and at 94 ft, the second tallest tree. I am sure it will be quite lovely as always!

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