Did you know….
The first tinsel was made of silver, yup that’s right, good old silver (Ag). However this meant that it was easily tarnished and could only be afforded by the cream of the cream of society. Over the years tinsel has been made of several other materials; in the 1950’s a form of aluminised paper was used but this was found to be flammable under the wrong conditions. Nowadays of course our tinsel is made of pvc, cheap to produce, non flammable and available in thousands of different colours and styles.
So our thanks go out to Eugen Baumann and Friedrich Heinrich August Klatte, the two men sited as being the inventors of PVC.