Sunday, April 19, 2009
Family Birthday Candle Holder Assortment by Bachmann Bros. of Philadelphia. The box urges you to "Keep A Supply of Each on Hand" and "Buy Them Now!" Each little plastic package has a theme: cowboys and Indians, wild animals, sports figures male and female - looks like the 1950s to me.
Greeks get the credit for starting the ceremony of putting flaming candles on bread offered to Artemis, Goddess of the Moon. Germans are believed to have started the business of candles on cakes in celebration of your birthday in the 18th century. The Sears Roebuck catalog began offering birthday candle holders in 1927.
Now it seems we just stick candles right into the cake. Nothing wrong with that, but figural candle holders are due for a comeback.