Dating shiny brite
The clear globes were shipped in large quantities to Eckardt’s decorating plant in New Jersey.There they were silvered, sprayed inside with silver nitrate, and lacquered to give them a appearance. Before World War II, almost all of the glass ornaments on American Christmas trees were imported from Germany.
Eckardt was a German immigrant who decided to make his own ornaments, and sold them under the Shiny Brite name.(A typical German glassblower could only produce about 600 a day).The Corning machines were quickly modified to make a large assortment of fancy shapes like tops, bells, tear drops, icicles, pine cones, trees, and even Japanese-looking lanterns.It was a German immigrant, Max Eckardt, who realized that the war could interrupt his Christmas ornament import business.
So in 1937, Eckardt and Bill Thompson, a store manager for F. Woolworth – who promised to place a huge order, convinced the Corning Glass Company to produce machine-blown glass balls.
In 1939, Corning started producing the balls, but the war slowed the operation.