Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Christmas Gift of Furniture: December 1911

"Old Santa Claus never devised a better Xmas Gift than a good piece of furniture. . . Let furniture head your list or Xmas purchases and begin shopping at this store."

This is an advertising postcard with a December 1911 calendar. It was mailed from Hastings, Michigan in 1911 by Miller & Harris Furniture Co. The postcard is copyright 1911 by J. W. Gorman, Chi.

Friday, December 19, 2014

GGIE: Elephant Train

Elephant Trains touring Treasure Island pass the Colonnade of states and the Federal Buildings.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

An Old-Fashioned Christmas Tree

This real photo postcard of a Christmas tree was mailed from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania in early January, a few weeks after Christmas. The year date is unreadable, but is probably 1908 or 1909 (divided backs were not allowed before 1907, and newer one-cent stamps were issued in December 1908).

The main part of the message on the back is about a sick Grandpa. A sentence referring to the Christmas tree is added sidewise "This is our Xmas tree it is not good of it."  The photo may not be ideal, or capture the true beauty of the tree, but it is good enough to show a lot of interesting details.

At the top of the photo, there is a garland near the ceiling. I don't see a tree topper--the top of the tree appears to be flattened where it touches the ceiling.

An enlargement of the center section of the tree shows a variety of Christmas ornaments and decorations.

On the right side, near the top, we can see one of the large angel decorations and the wallpaper pattern. The angel would be at least partly made up of printed paper "scraps." The wallpaper is a type of Victorian wallpaper pattern that was popular until about 1908 (source). There were separate coordinating rolls for wall, border, and ceiling.

A variety of presents are shown under the tree behind a fence. These include a wrapped package, books, and an elaborate game board (can anyone identify the game?).

Farther back, on the left side, there are some buildings and a gun.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child

Here is a set of five PHQ cards showing the 1981 British Christmas stamps issued on 18 November 1981. The stamps reproduced art by children of various ages that was entered in a Blue Peter competition. The competition received 74,000 entries (source).

Father Christmas

A Mosaic Collage of Christ

A Christmas Angel

The Journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem

The Three Kings Outside Bethlehem

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This is a post for Sunday Stamps at Viridian's Postcard Blog

Friday, December 12, 2014

NYWF: DuPont Monastral Fast Blue

MONASTRAL* Fast Blue represents the most outstanding development in the pigment field in many years. It possesses fine purity of tone and brilliancy of shade combined with exceptional fastness properties.
One of the principal uses of MONASTRAL  Blue is in printing inks as it faithfully reproduces tone values and is considered an excellent trichromatic blue for process printing. It also imparts fastness and brilliancy to paints, varnishes, enamels, lacquers, wall and coated papers, linolium, rubber, to mention only a few producet for which it may be used. This color is truly a symbol of modern chemical achievement.

NOTE: computer does not reproduce this color accurately.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Minneapolis "The Brightest Christmas City" Closeup

I posted this postcard previously, along with two others showing "The Brightest Christmas City" decorations of downtown Minneapolis, here. This postcard shows the view looking north on Nicollet Avenue from7th Street. Part of a Walgreen's drugstore sign is visible on the left. Donaldson's department store is in the right foreground, and signs for Standard Clothing Company and Powers Department Store can be seen farther up the street.

I thought it would be interesting to focus on the small figures of people on the left. Cropping and enlarging  just that section of the photo gives a good view of  the fashions and weather. I can almost feel what it would be like to be there walking along a festive, but cold and slippery, street with my hands in me pockets to keep them warm. It must have snowed recently because the type of snow that is clinging to the decorations doesn't last long.

I was hoping that I could get a better view of the license plates and store windows when I enlarged the photo, but the photo wasn't sharp enough for that. I was not able to date the photo, but I think it is probably late 1920s. Minneapolis had similar Christmas decorations for many years, and there are some photos of various years online. However, none of the photos I found online had decorations exactly like these.

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