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Dressed and Decorated For Christmas
The postcard is from the private archive of Oscar Andersen (1879-1953). Andersen was a preacher involved in the Mission Covenant Church of Norway’s work in Finnmark.
National Archives of Norway
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Taxonomy of Christmas Trees:

Balsam Fir:  As a Christmas tree, balsam fir has several desirable properties. It has a dark-green appearance, long-lasting needles, and attractive form. It also retains its pleasing fragrance.

Blue Ice Cypress: A cultivar of the Arizona cypress, this silvery-blue tree has a citrus aroma and a narrow steeple shape. It’s found in the Gulf states, Georgia, and South Carolina. The branches support small lights, tinsel, and a few ornaments, but no thing heavy.

Blue Spruce: Colorado blue spruce, or blue spruce, is an attractive tree often used for Christmas trees or as ornamentals, particularly in the eastern United States and Europe. Blue spruce is finding increasing popularity as a Christmas tree as a result of its symmetrical form and attractive blue foliage. The species has an excellent natural shape and requires little shearing. Needle retention is among the best for the spruces.

Carolina Sapphire Cypress: This southern dweller is naturally broad and has a strong scent of lemon and mint. It’s very similar to the ‘Blue Ice’ cypress (and has similar drawbacks).

Concolour Fir: Indigenous to the West, this sweet-scented tree has a tall, narrow silhouette. The loosely spaced, bluish needles are great for showcasing ornaments. It’s also called a white fir.

Douglas Fir: Douglas fir is one of the most popular Christmas trees. It is shipped to the majority of the United States (including Hawaii), and is also exported to Guam and some Asian markets. The needles are dark green or blue green, 1 to 1 1/2 inches long, soft to the touch, and radiate out in all directions from the branch. They have a sweet fragrance when crushed.

Fraser Fir: It’s a little blue in color, but the Fraser fir makes a great Christmas tree for its form, needle retention, pleasant scent and excellent shipping characteristics. Strong branches are turned slightly upward, which gives the tree a compact appearance. Bark is usually gray or gray-brown, thin and smooth. North Carolina produces the majority of Fraser fir Christmas trees.

Leyland Cypress: Feathery, dark-green to gray foliage sets apart this Christmas tree, the most popular one in the Southeast. The silhouette varies from tree to tree and can be tall and slender or squat and rounded. The species absorbs an unusually large amount of water; its stand needs to be refilled several times per day.

Noble Fir: Sturdy branches make this Pacific Northwest native a good choice if you have a lot of weighty ornaments. The tree has thick, silvery-green needles and limbs that stick straight out from the trunk, giving this fir a full, rounded appearance.

Nordmaan Fir: The preferred Christmas tree in Europe, this evergreen is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. It’s grown primarily in the Pacific Northwest and is prized for its fat pyramid shape and lush, dark-green foliage.

White Pine:
The white pine is a five-needle pine, meaning if you pull one of the fascicle bundles off, you can count five needles. White pine has very little aroma, but is reported to result in fewer allergic reactions than do some of the more aromatic species. White pine has proven to be one of the most important and most desirable species of North America.

Definitions taken from: http://www.christmasholidaygifts.com/HolidayPlanningTips_glossary.html