--The 1944 ad to the right speaks for itself; click on the photo.
--We’re often amazed when we hear people say they have no room for a Christmas tree; artificial options abound from “slender” trees, to tabletop,etc. Joy found this one, and while it isn’t cheap, it’s “flat back” allows her to use it on a narrow console table in her living room, and still have room for her putz houses: http://www.shelleybhomeandholiday.com/raz-4-ft-flat-prelit-christmas-tre4.html
Here are some pix of it decorated: http://shelleybdecorandmore.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-flat-prelit-christmas-trees.html#links
We’re sure there are other similar-type trees available in different price points.
--The Popular Mechanics Christmas Handbook 1949 courtesy of Mark Podmore http://www.flickr.com/photos/markdpodmore/7706244860/in/set-72157630888350022/
--1932 Helm’s Bakery Olympic Village box; graphics and front “architecture” are interesting; Helms was the official bakery for the 1932 Olympics http://toyconnect.blogspot.com/
--Wood church donation box! http://www.churchsupplier.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/9361-Wood-House-Bank.html
--Paper model church constructed by John Merrick, a.k.a. The Elephant Man http://www.flickr.com/photos/globalnix/2862285944/