Vintage Christmas Balls – A Vintage Catalog Extravaganza!
Dec04

Vintage Christmas Balls – A Vintage Catalog Extravaganza!

The quintessential Christmas ornament is without any doubt, the Christmas ball. You could easily decorate a Christmas tree with nothing but balls, and it would be perfectly acceptable. Be they glass, the traditional choice, paper, plastic or foam, a Christmas tree isn’t a Christmas tree without some balls. This is a tribute to vintage Christmas balls of catalogs past. As ususal, I’ve combed through the archives at...

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Artificial Christmas Trees! A Vintage Catalog Extravaganza!
Dec12

Artificial Christmas Trees! A Vintage Catalog Extravaganza!

  In this entry to the Christmas Catalog Extravaganza series, I give you Artificial Christmas Trees! I really thought this was a rather recent invention, but a little research proved me entirely wrong. Check out Wikipedia for the full history. In terms of these catalogs though, 1942 is one of the first advertised versions I found, proudly exaulting the low cost and the lack of falling needles. But first, a little about me....

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Christmas Hard Candy! A Vintage Catalog Extravaganza!
Dec04

Christmas Hard Candy! A Vintage Catalog Extravaganza!

Hard candy. Boiled sweets. Teeth Crackers. Call them whatever you like, these colorful, iron hard confections remind us of Christmas at Granny’s house. Whether they be fruit or mint flavored, drops or ribbons, tinned or jarred, we kept going back for more! And if mom or dad told us we’d had enough, granddad had a private stash by his recliner that he’d share on the sly. This is a tribute to that time honored holiday...

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Christmas Fruitcake! – A Vintage Catalog Extravaganza!
Nov29

Christmas Fruitcake! – A Vintage Catalog Extravaganza!

Tis the season for a new batch of classic department store Christmas catalog time travel! And today, I bring you that classic Christmas cliche, in all of it’s kitschy glory: The Christmas Fruitcake. These images are culled primarily from Sears Catalogs, from 1937 to 1988. The catalog fruitcake is a perennial favorite, though I don’t recall if I’ve ever once tried a slice. Given that it’s reputation precedes it...

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Christmas Papercraft – Boxed Snow

It’s been a while since I’ve added any Christmas paper art. And with the lovely feedback I’ve been receiving these past few weeks, I thought I’d add some more. This most recent batch is based on some mid-century Christmas snow boxes. Specifically, Ivory Snow and Boxed MICA flakes....

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Christmas Catalog Mix – 1980s Toys

Here is another Christmas catalog mashup, aided by, Wishbookweb.com. This time, I’m exploring the wonders of my own childhood. The Sears Wishbook arrived in September every year, and I can distinctly recall spending hours flipping through the toy section, craving. These images are some of the things I wanted most in the mid 1980s. Speaking of… see that robot on the top of the page? That’s the Omnibot 2000. I...

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Christmas Catalog Mix – Sausage & Cheese

Oh friends! Here is a photo mashup I made just for you! Okay, that’s a lie. I did this entirely for me. It’s about one of my favorite subjects. Sausage and Cheese. As I was perusing one of my favorite sites, Wishbookweb.com, wondering if it’s too late to order that Millennium Falcon in the 1981 Montgomery Ward catalog for only $30.87, I made a discovery. It turns out that as far back as 1947, they were selling those...

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Book Review – “Merry Christmas, Mr. Baxter” by Edward Streeter

I found “Merry Christmas, Mr. Baxter” in a used bookstore and bought it primarily because of the cover art. I like to read one Christmas themed book each year during the season. I’m a sap, I can’t help it. I try not to get too engorged on Christmas before Thanksgiving, but I felt I’d review it now since we’re only days away from the start of the season. I was unfamiliar with the author, Edward Streeter, but I definitely knew the film...

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Christmas Papercraft – Dimestore Christmas Lights

This is another papercraft set from my old site, Mistletoegreetings.com, which is long gone. These are miniature Christmas Tree Light boxes from old five and dime stores like Woolworth’s, McCrory’s and Kresge’s. I like vintage packaging, especially stuff from the holidays. I copied the packaging pretty closely from the original designs, so these are authentic, albeit in miniature. Add them to Christmas dioramas and...

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Christmas Papercraft – Miniature Gift Boxes

More from my old defunct site, Mistletoegreetings. These are tiny boxes with vintage style Christmas wrapping paper. Cut them out, put them together following the instructions, and let your creativity run wild. Use them as decorative accents on packages. Decorate a Christmas Doll house scene. Put candy in them and use them as stocking stuffers. Lot’s of possibilities. Each of the selections below will print out on 8.5 by 11...

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