Some Classic Christmas
I've collected so many images the past few years that I guess a post of pix from Xmases past was inevitable. A prime opportunity to start things off with a shot of the always-lovely Miss Bettie Page being positively fetching in festive spirits... (and why not?)
After the end of World War II, Christmas boomed in America and took on heretofore unseen Macy-Parade-Balloon proportions. Decorations themselves became a whole different animal as we reached the middle point of the last century. All new highs in cheerful-insanity and engineering-excess were an integral to the holiday experience...at least the commercial part.
Take this giant fiberglass Santa outside a department store for example... much more detailed and classically surreal than the big inflatable he'd be today.
ahh... and those department store window displays. Not a damn cell phone in sight...
We always went to my Grandmothers in Florida for Christmas, and almost every small town along the way had their own set of main street trappings. I remember this style in particular.
Ad-men reached new heights in abstracting the holiday in the 1940s & 50s... sometimes it was even hard to tell if Santa himself was truly being good or bad. (Wotta Shill, btw.)
Here's a room with an offbeat tree display from 1955 ( I know that smell).
And there was no Amazon or Wallmart... in the 1960s WE had the Sears Wish Book!
( It usually came in the mail around Halloween.)
Where you could order anything you could think of practically!
...The toy sections seemed endless... (and what a great spread this is!)
Yeah... Like I Wish I still had that Bugs Bunny.
And pages and pages of Christmas decor...
Sears, Pennys and all the Catalog stores sold more than a couple of different types of Mangers and accessories...
And all the cheesy crap that I love so much now...
Love the cardboard fireplaces. (Kids in apartments need a Santa snorkel too!)
The door coverings were hot at the end of the '60s. Ehh... not so much now.
Where's all this big-plastic illuminated stuff now? Antique stores? Flea Markets?
There's a couple of these plastic Santas around town that I've noticed... and they're TALL --around 5 feet!
Well, keeping the spirit alive here's our very own front door from last Christmas 2006. (The illuminated Reindeer we bought at sears in 1993 --the last year they sold them... The "Noel pole" I bought at Zayre in 1974 --for 3.99).
And here's the view down our walkway to the front door.
And last, when I went inside I snapped this picture of our own set -- and I didn't fake this, How the Grinch Stole Christmas was actually on Cartoon Network at the time.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FOLKS!
Best wishes to all Arglebargle readers! Stay tuned --much more ahead in 2008!