Object ID 000872
Object Name Noma Fancy Figures light set
Object Desc Red cardboard box containing 10 assorted Noma Fancy Figures light up ornaments.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY000789a-l
General Category History
Category Christmas Decorations
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location Cabinet 1
Object Date 1952
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End Year Range
Status On-Site Collection Storage
Object Keywords Christmas lights,lights,Noma,Fancy Figures,tree lights,
Title Noma Fancy Figures light set
Description Red cardboard box containing ten Noma Fancy Figures light up ornaments. Ornaments are inserted into Christmas light string. Box has removable tan paper insert and ten figures: 1 yellow bird, 2 red and white Santas, 1 red dog, 2 black and white snowmen, 3 white angels, and 1 yellow rabbit. Figures fit into cardboard insert for display and storage. All 4 sides of box are printed with the words "Noma Fancy Figures." Top of box is printed with image of snowman and greenery, and the words "Noma Fancy Figures, 10 illuminated ornaments, for series type lighting outift." $2.69 is handwritten in oil pencil. Front ledge of the cover has more detailed info on the lights. Bottom of the box is tan and has directions on the lights and a note of caution in black writing. Interior of the box is tan.
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Unit of Measure Inches/ounces
Dimension Details Measurements are of the box. Ornaments vary in size between 2 and 3 inches long
Place of Origin
Maker Details NOMA was an American company best known for making Christmas lights. It was once the largest manufacturer of holiday lighting in the world, but since 1967 has existed only as a licensed trademark. It is now held by Inliten, LLC, of Glenview, Illinois. NOMA was formed in 1925 as the National Outfit Manufacturer's Association, a trade group made up of 13-15 smaller manufacturers hoping to gain competitive advantage by combining their marketing and purchasing power. In 1926, the associationís members officially incorporated as the NOMA Electric Corporation and began selling NOMA-branded light sets. NOMA introduced a number innovations to holiday lighting, including: the use of E17 intermediate base lamps for outdoor decorating (1928), parallel-wired light sets for indoor use (1934), all-rubber cords (1940), Bubble Lites (1946), and fused safety plugs (1951).
Date JUL 23,2013
Assessor Jordan Beres
Notes The box itself is in very poor condition. Every edge show signs of wear, the right front corner is teared from top to bottom. The box has tape in several spots holding it all together. There are three pieces of tape on the front on individual tears, as well as all across the back portion holding the bottom the lid together. There are two tan pieces of tape inside the lid as well. The lid also has small tears on the edges and signs of wear.The ornaments/figures inside are somewhat decent, but they are beginning to lose their color, appear dirty, and two ornaments are broken off of their bases (one angel and one snowmam). Some ornaments also have some minor cracks on them. "$2.69" is written in black on the front. Interior of the box is dirty, has some water stains and some red colored stains and dark spots from the prints on the front. Ornament holding piece is also a bit dirty and has some red stains as well.
Date JUL 23,2013
Summary Status change
Notes Status changed to On-Site Collection Storage from Out On Loan - automatic entry by admin
Date JUL 23,2013
Summary Location change
Notes Location changed to Cabinet 1 from On Loan - automatic entry by admin