A festive tea party at Callers Dept. Store in 1964
Decorations at Callers Dept. Store in 1964
The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe at Callers Dept. Store in 1965
The Bear Band at Callers Dept. Store in 1966
“Fenwicks for all your Christmas Presents” 1962 display
Father Christmas at Fenwicks Dept. Store in 1962
Gift time at Binns Dept. Store in 1963
Children’s fashions at Binns Dept. Store in 1963
House shoes & Slippers for Men & Women in Binns Dept. Store window in 1965
Broadloom Mills on Grey Street in 1963
Gift display in a ladies fashion shop on Saville Road in 1966
These Christmas shop front images bring back such fond memories. When we were young, my parents would take me and my siblings to see the Christmas window displays in our downtown area in the early 1970s. It seemed magical at the time, with the themed windows and motorized characters. We also enjoyed seeing the Christmas shop fronts, they were always festively decorated.
A special thanks to The Newcastle & Tyne Archives & Museum in Newcastle, England for sharing the pictures via a Creative Commons license. They are part of the Ronald Sanderson collection. Mr. Sanderson was an amateur photographer who lived in South Shields.
McCall’s Homemaking magazine cover, December 1944
Postman image from 1945 for American Cyanamid
A&P Coffee advertisement from 1958
These colorful vintage advertising images were taken by Hungarian-born American photographer Nikolas Muray. He was a pioneer in commercial photography and had a very successful career.
My favorite image is the 1944 Christmas tree adorned with tinsel, garland and old-fashioned lights.
Fisher Price Toys - Ages 1 to 4
Tape Recorders & Portable Phonographs
“Let’s Pretend” Costumes for parties and playtime
Cars & trucks, toy chests and punch-me’s
Flintstone pedal car, tractor, motorcycle, scooter, tricycles and bike with training wheels
Farm sets, Rodeo Ranch set, Animal sets and TV Western Stars set
What an amazing group of toys from 1962! I see several of my favorites from childhood such as the Fisher Price corn popper, talking telephone, school bus and musical tick-tock clock. My tricycle and portable phonograph are also in this Sears Christmas catalog . Do you see a familiar toy ?
Circa early 1900s (not dated)
I just love the images on these Christmas postcards from the early 1900s and wanted to share them. Enjoy!
Dresses for Sisters
Smocked dresses, Separates and Dress & Tights Sets for Sisters
“Fashion Travels to Dreamland”
Knit Suits, Wool Suits, Dress alike four piece Vest sets and Slacks sets
Clothes were certainly colorful during this era. The smocked dresses and the outfits for sisters are my favorites from these pages of the Sears 1962 Christmas catalog .
Ice Box Fruitcake
1 lb. box graham crackers
1 lb. raisins
2 cups pecans, chopped
2 cups walnuts, chopped
1 lb. marshmallows
1 lb. candied cherries, cut up
1/2 lb. candied pineapple, cut up
Crumble crackers, mix all ingredients together except marshmallows. Put marshmallows in top of double boiler, add 1 cup milk, let boil until marshmallows are melted. Mix this with graham cracker mixture. Put in a container about the size of the graham cracker box and line the container with waxed paper. Keep refrigerated.
My grandmother made this cake for sixty years. Until she stopped cooking several years ago (she’s 94), I can’t recall a Christmas when she didn’t have several fruitcakes in the refrigerator during the holidays. She also made a fruitcake for all of her children and their families to take home and enjoy every Christmas.
While I’ve never cared for regular fruitcake, I think this recipe is delicious. Please let me know if you try it. I may try to make one this year and share it with my grandmother.
Errol Flynn and his first wife, Lili Damita
Aren’t these vintage Hollywood Christmas pin-ups fun? Errol Flynn was so handsome, the women were all beautiful and Shirley Temple was adorable as always. My favorite photo is the one of Louise Brooks. She is noted for popularizing the bobbed haircut in the early 1920s.
It’s fun to look back at toys from fifty years ago. Cars, trucks and football never go out of style.
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