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Municipal 1970's red wreaths and chandelier tree photos wanted

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Back in the 70's, a company called Valley Decorating made several kinds of municipal decorations and I would love to see photos of the ones I grew up with. I contacted the company to no avail. I doubt I'll ever find these things to purchase, so I'm looking for photos of these wreaths that were red/silver and they had red lights (about 6) on each wreath. Some of the wreaths had a 5 pointed star made of holly in the center. They also made this huge chandelier tree made of the same material and had about 8 blowmold candles on it. Any one have photos or even own what I'm talking about? I've included one photo that I was able to find.

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Wasn't sure if you have this information, but Valley Display Co. was original located in Fresno, California.  They moved to Oregon and the name changed to Crystal Valley Decorating Inc.  http://crystalvalley.com/ 

 

Contact "Ken Draus"   He would be the one who would have pictures and information on these wreaths.  http://forums.planetchristmas.com/index.php?/profile/606-ken-draus/

Hope this helps :)

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Thanks for the reply. I've included my own rough sketch of what the wreaths looked like in case anyone recognizes what I'm describing. They were huge, about 5 feet in diameter, with red garland that had silver and white mixed in. The 5 pointed star in the center was outlined in plastic green holly leaves and the wreath had about 6 round ball shaped ceramic lights around it. I know it looks like a pentagram, but that's how they looked.

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