Vintage 1940-50's Glass Mardi Gras Bead - Czechoslovakia


Vintage 1940-50's Glass Mardi Gras Bead - Czechoslovakia

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Vintage 1940-50's Glass Mardi Gras Bead - Czechoslovakia:
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  • 1940-50's original glass Mardi Gras bead made in Czechoslovakia.
  • The bead is 16" and is made of clear flying saucer beads, blue oval beads, and green round beads. (See pics).
  • Original clasp
  • Original "Made in Czechoslovakia" tag attached
My mom was a pack rat and when she died a few years ago, I found a box of old Mardi Gras glass beads from Czechoslovakia and Japan. So, all of the beads I sell are from the original owner after being caught at a Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans. I recently was forced to retire due to disability so ing is my new "hobby". I have a lot of other items I will be putting up for sale.
Thanks for looking.

Here's a little bit of history about the beads.

It is believed that Mardi Gras parades began in New Orleans sometime around the 1830?s. These parades typically run throughout the Carnival season, which officially begins on January 6 (the Twelfth Night of Christmas). The carnival season ends on Fat Tuesday, the day before the start of Lent. In 1872, a group of businessmen invented a King of Carnival named Rex. Alongside the people in the parades (who were dressed as high-class aristocrats), Rex tossed sugar coated almonds into the crowds. These Mardi Gras ?throws? were similar to the festival customs of the English Renaissance era.

During the late 1800?s, inexpensive necklaces made of glass beads began to be tossed into the crowds by the parade krewes. The beads were an instant hit among the crowds of New Orleans residents and visiting Mardi Gras tourists. It is believed that a man dressed up as Santa Claus was the first person in a New Orleans parade to use the beads in his costume. Other tourists soon followed his lead and they began to decorate themselves with the bead necklaces.

By 1900, over 100,000 tourists traveled to New Orleans to participate in the celebration and to get some of their own Mardi Gras beads


Vintage 1940-50's Glass Mardi Gras Bead - Czechoslovakia:
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