My sister noticed that I missed posting for I in the ABC. That’s why you are seeing Icicle posted on the day after Zebra. Of course, we don’t have any real icicles in December in Florida, but we have some plastic ones on the tree. These are special icicles as they are almost 70 years old.
They were extra-special because they glowed in the dark. As a kid back in the 1950s, I didn’t want to wait until night to see the icicles glow. I’d sneak into the living room to get a plastic icicle from the tree to take into a dark closet. The glow was a soft purple color and I found it magical.
When I told Toni this story, she wanted to try out the glowing icicles too. We took 3 of them from the tree and went into a room with no windows. “I’m shutting the door and turning off the light now,” I warned her.
She was brave and didn’t even squeak when the room went dark. I had my camera ready to take the picture, but I’m afraid that it doesn’t show up very well. You can almost see Toni and you can see the purple glow of the icicles (sort of).
I never tried to take photos of the icicles with our Brownie camera back in the 1950s. It would have been a waste of film, for sure. Here’s a better picture of the icicle on the Christmas tree.
I found a 1952 newspaper advertisement for the glow-in-the-dark icicles. You could get a dozen of them for twenty cents. I’m sure they would be a lot more if they made such icicles today.Glow in the dark icicles Mon, Dec 15, 1952 – 14 · The Leader-Post (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada) · Newspapers.com