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This is my Grandfather's Christmas tree mounted in his homemade rotating stand. The photo was taken in Gary Indiana about 1950. There are slip rings in the base which allow 30 combinations of lighting on the tree as it turns. I inherited the base and still use it every year with a real tree. View full size.