Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Buy Used
$7.00
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Good
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Season's Gleamings: The Art of the Aluminum Christmas Tree Hardcover – September 1, 2004

4.1 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$9.28 $0.50

Best Books of the Year So Far
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for the Best Books of the Year So Far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
click to open popover

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

John Shimon and Julie Lindemann have been photographing collaboratively since the mid-1980s. Their work has appeared in New York, The New York Times Magazine, and Fortune magazine, and in the books Wisconsin Then and Now: The Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Rephotography Project; Photography's Antiquarian Avant-Garde; and Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self. Shimon and Lindemann live in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and teach at the Art Institute of Chicago and Lawrence University.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Melcher Media (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971793530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971793538
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
If you are a child of the early 60s like me, or just someone who appreciates great photography, then you will love this sweetly nostalgic look at aluminum Christmas trees. Season's Gleamings is full of beautiful color photos showing the amazing variety of trees available at the time: small silver tabletop models, giant gold seven-footers, trees festooned with period ornaments, and others shimmering in the glow of rotating color wheels. I loved flipping through the pages of this book and being reminded of the Christmases of my childhood. I highly recommend it as a gift for family and friends, or as a holiday coffee table book for your own home. Wonderful!
Comment 14 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Possibly the first book on the subject, this seasonal consumer-oriented photo art book resurrects and celebrates the ready-made art of the aluminum Christmas tree. Mass-produced to satisfy consumer tastes beginning about 1959, these tinselly beauties became passé in the mid-60's, but were later rescued from thrift store and garage sale by retro hipsters like Shimon & Lindemann. Better known for hand-crafted photographic studies using antiquarian techniques, Shimon & Lindemann teamed up with innovative Melcher Media for this exacting re-evaluation. The result is a compact project whose ostentatious packaging might have degraded the unremitting Pictorialist control the artists bring to their main body of work. Fortunately, Shimon and Lindemann respond to the motif of manufactured beauty with a supple ordering of Duchampian wit, pop art ironies and straight-up pictorial portraiture. Among my faves: In "Christmas Alone" religious and secular ironies are layered by dual focal points of aluminum treetop angel and a humble repast of instant coffee and popcorn; authentic period objects re-enforce the theme of the legacy of aluminum. "Viewing 1961 in 1959" in 2004, as the title clumsily suggests, leans heavily on anachronistic concept yet achieves an attractive combo of color and composition with various objects, including a working 1958 Philco Predicata Penthouse television. "P.P.'s family tree.." is planar, analytical. Twenty-five blue Shiny Brite ornaments and, seemingly, behind them, a scraggly Craft House Fairyland Pink Tree weightlessly occupy an off-white emptiness of space. Seasons Gleamings contextualizes the aluminum Christmas tree craze with two serviceable essays, one a sort of memoir by the artists and a second, by Brooklyn-based writer, Tom Vanderbilt.Read more ›
Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was really excited to find this book. My friend loves old aluminum Christmas trees and all things retro. I thought this book would be something she would really enjoy, and got it for her as a Christmas gift. It is a little on the small side. There are lots of pictures of aluminum trees, but none of them great or exciting...in fact, most of them are a little blurry and a bit dull. It would have been so much cooler if they would have made the effort to find REAL old photos and advertisements. There is not much written about the subject, either. So much could have been added to how and why aluminum trees came about, when and why they went out of style, their comeback today, their value in today's market, etc.. I wouldn't recommend the book at all. I took a chance on it, and I am still going to give it to my friend, but now I feel like I have to supplement this lame book with something else. I don't want her to be totally disappointed.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By PC on January 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I only wish they put more pictures of the trees. I remember much more different colors than what is in the book.

I had a turquoise aluminum tree, with lime green bulbs, purple bulbs, silver bulbs, and turquoise. It was so pretty. I would have liked to see more color, and more trees.
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I made the mistake of reading another review from a customer who said "It makes a great coffee table book." As a result I was expecting a larger book in size. I should have looked at the size on the add instead of making this assumption as it isn't physically large enough to be what I would consider a 'coffee table book'. However, it was a used book and looked pretty much new so I was thrilled with the condition!
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I suppose I didn't read the description very carefully. This book contains photos of an aluminum tree exhibit that comprised a room full of aluminum Christmas trees. What I was after was decorating ideas, which this book lacked. The pictures are somewhat interesting as art, however.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The cover is one of the best parts of this book. I expected a lot more from it though. I thought there would be a lot more text detailing the history of aluminum trees, the rise and fall of their popularity, different manufacturers, pictures of the more rare colored and other variations such as pom poms, and decriptions and values of the trees. Instead it starts with a 4 page story of how a couple filled a store front with aluminum trees but won't sell them to anyone. Then it has a bunch of random pictures of mostly silver trees, a few vintage pictures, and a few art shots. Then ends with a 4 page story from a former employee for a total of 8 pages of text in the entire book. Basically best as a decorative coffee table book at Christmas time.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews