Here I am at Rockefeller Center and behind me is the 74 foot Norway Spruce from Mahopac, NY that was chosen for this year's tree. The tallest tree to stand at Rockefeller Center was a 100 foot spruce used in 1999.
|First tree to stand in Rockefeller Plaza, 1931|
In 1971, the tree was recycled and used as mulch for the nature trails in upper Manhattan. In 2005, the tree was cut up and the lumber given to Habitat for Humanity to use as door frames for homes in New York, Louisiana, Brazil and India.
Ornaments for the trees changed as the years changed. In 1934, the tree was hung with dogs, horses, giraffes, sailboats and stars along with 1,200 colored lights. Holiday songs were piped into a public address system and made it seem as if the tree was singing. During the 50's, the trees were spray painted white and trimmed with popcorn and cranberry garlands with 10 foot aluminum icicles.
The tree was topped with a 4 foot plastic star and was used between the years 1950 through 1960. A fiberglass and gold leaf star was used in the 1990's before being replaced by the 550-lb. Swarovski Star in 2004.
I will end here, but as usual, you can always learn more from these sites that I am including at the bottom of this blog. Thanks to Wikipedia article and to a Time Magazine pictorial that I found on the web for the black and white shots.
The Time Magazine pictorial, "A Brief History of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree". Great shots and historical accounts. Check it out.
Here is the link to about.com Manhattan NY. This explains the history of many different landmarks around NYC
and another article