Christmas Wishes: A Catalog of Vintage Holiday Treats and Treasures

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Stackpole Books, 2010 - Antiques & Collectibles - 186 pages
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"What a joy! Live your favorite Christmases over again with this sugar-sprinkled guidebook of magic memories." --Karal Ann Marling, Author of Merry Christmas

  • A nostalgic look at Christmas in the mid-twentieth century
  • Memorable color illustrations

    From plastic nativity scenes to aluminum trees, Christmas became a major marketing extravaganza in America in the mid-twentieth century. This book recalls the holiday between 1940 and 1970, courtesy of department stores, five and tens, toy manufacturers, publishing houses, and record companies. Boomers and Gen-Xers will relive memories of special holiday toys and treats, Christmas children's books by Little Golden and Wonder, holiday music released by Peter Pan and Disneyland records, and merchandising characters such as Frosty the Snowman and Montgomery Ward's Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Liberally illustrated with vintage ads, book covers, record sleeves, and photographs.


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    User Review  - jbarr5 - LibraryThing

    Christmas wishes: a catalog of Vintage holiday treats and treasures by tim hollis Very colorful fun pictures of the Christmas holiday. Starts out with intro about how big of an event Christmas was at ... Read full review

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    Worst book ever, like reading a high school research paper.


    Introduction Everyones a Child at Christmas 1
    Chapter One Baby Boomers in Toyland 5
    Chapter Two Rudolph and Frosty and What They Begat 35
    Chapter Three Stories to Fall Asleep on Christmas Eve By 57
    Chapter Four Sing a Kris Kringle Jingle 81
    Chapter Five Deck Them Halls and Stuff Like That 115
    Chapter Six City Sidewalks Busy Sidewalks 141
    Epilogue Silent Night 175
    Bibliography 177
    Index 179
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    About the author (2010)

    Tim Hollis lives in Birmingham, Alabama, and is the recognized authority on the South's roadside history.

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