Noma Disney Christmas Lights

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2015-06-26 10:42:20

Noma Disney Christmas Lights are vintage Christmas decorations based on various Disney cartoon characters, produced by the American Noma Light Company.

 

Background

Noma was established in 1925 as the National Outfit Manufacturer's Association, an organization of separate companies which banded together to form the NOMA Electric Corporation.

The company became renowned for being one of the world’s largest producers of Christmas lighting, and sold them through the subsidiary brand NOMA Lites Inc from 1953 until their closure in 1965.

The company manufactured sets of Disney-themed Christmas lights from 1933 until 1938, after which they also produced replacement bell shades for the sets featuring Disney characters.

Noma Disney Christmas Lights

There were four different Disney sets produced by NOMA during the 1930s, based on different sets of characters. These were:

  • Mickey Mouse
  • Silly Symphonies
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Pinocchio

Each set had eight lights and eight shades painted with different characters. Replacement bakelite shades were sold in their own boxes well into the 1940s for these sets, although the lights themselves were discontinued.

How much are Noma Disney Christmas Lights worth?

NOMA Disney lights are now sought after by collectors, and can be hard to find boxed and in good working condition. The most common of all the sets is the Mickey Mouse set, which can sell for between $50 and $150 depending on condition.

Silly Symphonies sets are rarer, but not as popular with collectors as those relating to the more well-known characters. These have been known to sell for less than $50.

Snow White and Pinocchio sets can be extremely rare and difficult to find. Both can be found occasionally on auction sites such as eBay for up to $250, with specialist dealers selling complete working sets for up to $375 in some circumstances.

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