When Christmas came to New Ross: the history of the New Ross Christmas tree industry
LE3 .A278 1996
Bachelor of Arts
History & Classics
This thesis examines the development of the Christmas tree industry in New Ross, Nova Scotia from the 1920s to 1980. When the traditional economic lifestyle of New Ross, based on farming and coopering, declined after World War Two, the village required a new economic foundation to remain a viable community. As a result, New Ross took advantage of the increasing American demand for Christmas trees in the first half of this century by exporting great numbers of balsam fir Christmas trees throughout the 1940s and 1950s. However, around 1960 the same American market altered its tastes, and forced New Ross to change how it ran the Christmas tree trade. The exporting of Christmas trees kept New Ross a viable economic entity, but made it subservient to the demands of American consumers.
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