Spotted in the New York Public Library's image archive: this photograph of a Christmas tree drop-off in Manhattan. The caption reads: "A shipment of Christmas trees unloaded on the New York City waterfront, 1924." This was a transitional time in Christmas tree decoration, with this site noting in the early '20s candles were on their way out, and electric lights were becoming all the rage (at least for the affluent). The Rockefeller tree has had lights since 1931.

This reminds us: check out our month-long series on today's Christmas tree vendors here. Also, if you procured a tree for the holidays, stay tuned for info on this season's mulchfest!