Electric lights were always packaged with fantastic graphics from when they were a brand new novelty in the 1920's to the mainstay of the Christmas decoration in the 1950's. Often the box tops had die-cut sections that allowed for a fold-back display feature; the logic of which is unsure to me. Perhaps it was part of the store display? It certainly does make them wonderful for display in your home at the holidays! While I did not plan to address safety so much in this blog post, I must mention that I rarely plug in any vintage lighting outfits. First of all, for the first 40 years or so, if one light in the line blew out, you would have to find and replace that one bulb to get them all working again. This alone, combined with the rarity of finding the correct functioning replacement lights, makes it difficult. Second, the bulbs - unlike today's lights - generate a LOT of heat and should be watched very carefully. Finally, many of the vintage cords are brittle and are no longer safe for use. While it is possible to use some vintage lights, they should only be used indoors, after the cords and plug are all inspected, in an area where the hot bulbs cannot touch or be too close to anything flammable and only when under constant supervision. Sort of takes the fun out of it, I know, which is why I usually just display the box!