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Title : Vintage 1950-1960's C9 Christmas lights
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It is very possible to find the old style C7 and C9 light strings like these and also sets of replacement bulbs for them.....many online shops sell them....just stock up on replacement bulb sets, which are very cheap.. They are the best and the old time glow is the best. I only put up the old style lights. They are beautiful.
My Dad was a General Electric Lighting Sales Rep in the 60s. They were the first to come out with the left hand thread socket and bulb for Public Utilities for public parks etc. Reduced the theft of bulbs because people never thought of a Christmas Bulb being made with left hand thread.
we had these exact sets from which company I have no clue but just one bulb burnt out and the whole set lost power, but it was a magical time for we kids and growing up in this era gave us greater appreciation for those light Companies to bring Christmas alive for 3 yr olds. I actually despise the LED's of today for no other reason than losing the magic of decades gone by .it's hard to put a finger on it but a $700 Santa is not for me!!
These vintage/antique Christmas light strings and solid/glow/ceramic/painted/opaque Christmas light bulbs remind me of my Grandma's old Christmas light bulbs and strings, to which were given to me (as well as me buying more of the same in thrift stores and antique stores). Therefore, I nick-name any Christmas light bulb or light string that was made before 1980 as "Grandma bulbs", especially if they have twisted cords (in the case of Christmas light strings) and are solid/glow/ceramic/painted/opaque (in the case of Christmas light bulbs) – *LOL!!!!!* XD :D
It's nice to see a new generation interested in vintage Christmas lights. For more information on the web, check out oldchristmastreelights and the yulelights collection. By the way, your bakelite sets have 2 types of bulbs. The GE ones had an outside color coating that was fused to the glass while the Japan made bulbs had an inside coating of dry silica powder. The soft glow of these bulbs cannot be duplicated by modern technology.