15 comments on “Collecting Milk-Glass Figural Bulbs

  1. I have NEVER seen those before!! I know we did not have them growing up. They are very cool indeed and absolutely worth collecting! They would look perfect on my vintage tree. I will start looking!
    And while we are talking collections, might I add that I hate minimalist decorating! It reminds me of a hotel room and I believe your house should tell your story! And boy does mine tell a story!!
    #keepcollecting # ❤️Stuff

  2. Thank you, thank you! Until you posted the picture of these beauties on IG I hadn’t heard of them. Thank you again for gifting your knowledge to the rest of us. Even if it does create a bidding war on E-Bay 😉
    Merry Christmas!

    • LOL Kathi!!!!! OH CRAP! Now I’ll be bidding against of of y’all!!!! and I’m pretty cheap too. Glad I could share a little history about these beauties. An honestly, I’m glad that I can connect with people who share my odd-ball interests. 🙂

  3. I think these are lovely, although I don’t recall EVER seeing them before…..& I’m a lot older than YOU!
    Thank you so much for educating me once again and sharing another passion! You are delightful! Merry Christmas to the both of you!

  4. Great collection! I am trying to complete my set of the 1931 Paramount Comics..I am missing Kayo and Dick Tracy….would you have any extra’s of those, laying around in a bowl lol

    • Hi Nancy. Sorry, but I only have one each of those 2. I think I have 3 Betty Boops….. and I still need Moon Mullins. Are you a member of The Golden Glow of Christmas Past? Those people always have the exact item I’m looking for. And usually reasonably priced too.

  5. Wow, it is so great to know there are more fanatic colllectors besides me out there. I really enjoyed your article and loved the Picts. My collection has hit about 300 and I am always looking forward to finding one I don’t have yet. I am going to look into the Golden Glow of Christmas. Thanks for the information.

    • Glad I could share Bren! I haven’t counted them….. but I’ll guess in the 200 range. Now, I’m only looking for rare ones too. Like the Canadian set with the totem pole, Maple leaf, Inuit, Mountie…. you probably know the ones. I’d happily trade a finger for an Indian head… or a car. Happy Hunting, and hope to see you on the Golden Glow Facebook page.

  6. I found a small box in a seller with 1920’s bulbs. I can’t find them on the internet, can you help me out? Could I send a picture ?

  7. I actually have some of the light socket strands. There is fabric over the wires and some electrical tape in some spots. It has mostly porcelain receptacles and some that look like Bakelite in green and red. I dare not plug them in but maybe you could have them repaired somehow? I have several bulbs but I haven’t tested them yet.

    • There are several guys in my vintage lightings groups that actually rewire them. I understand your hesitation with plugging them in though.

  8. I bought a string of these years ago when I was living inSingapore I returned to the UK and they all gradually faded and I didn’t know where to replace them. It is a pity with today’s led lighting they are not being reproduced. They are the prettiest Christmas tree light. They are warm and interesting and I mixed them with fairy lights. Wish they would start producing them as I would love to be able to buy and enjoy them again.

    • Hi Laura, I still but working h ones on eBay all the time. Avon made a string of incandescents in the early 80s that seem readily available too. I have noticed that several people on my vintage lighting groups are re-lamping them with led rice lights. I love them too. If you do find more, be sure to use a table top dimmer to extend their lives.

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