We all know that the tradition of putting a Christmas tree in or about your house originally started in Germany as let's face it- they had enough of them knocking about- but what about their artificial cousins?
Turns out that it was also the Germans who came up with the plastic counterpart too, and these were made from dyed goose feathers. In the 1880s, the Germans (so hard to type that without becoming Basil Fawlty and putting 'Ze Germans'), were concerned about deforestation and wanted to provide an alternative. After all, why kill a few trees when you can kill a few geese, eh?
Anyhoo, feather Christmas trees were brought over to America by immigrants in the early 1900s, and were sold in department stores, who sold them with the idea that they were clean with no needle dropped and saved the family a trip to the real tree yard to pick out their victim.
Now these feather trees from this era are classed by some as antiques, and in 2008 a 36 inch one sold for $230. Not loads of cash obviously, but a lot more than I'd get for my He-Man and the MOTU collection.