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December 21, 2010

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

By Sablemable aka Jan

I found some wonderful photos from the MCM era of cities and department stores decked out in Christmas attire.

The following photos are courtesy of the Library of Congress; Los Angeles Public Library; Denver Public Library; Transit Miami (www.transitmiami.com) and Card Cow (www.cardcow.com).  Regretfully, I could not find color or b&w photos of the Christmas Tree inside the former Marshall Field’s Store, nor could I find a photo of the tree at Rockefeller Center during the Fifties and Sixties and Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena, CA.   Boo-hoo!

BURDINES DEPARTMENT STORE c. 1960

 

MARSHALL FIELD’S DEPARTMENT STORE c. 1956

 

 

THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE AT LAFAYETTE SQUARE (AKA PRESIDENT’S PARK)

HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD, LOS ANGELES c. 1950

 

THE CITY AND COUNTY BUILDING, DENVER, COLORADO c. 1953

 

DOWNTOWN STERLING, COLORADO c. MID-SIXTIES

 

Is your community putting on the Ritz this Christmas?  Share your memories with us!

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5 Responses to It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

  1. Sylkozakur Reply

    December 21, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I love the Sterling, CO picture. It reminds me of Downtown Hayward, CA from the mid 70’s. I loved those holiday decorations. Now downtowns might hang some subdued banners from the light posts (not the banners that go across the street), but no one does THIS anymore (that’s why I love Disneyland, they do the old fashioned main street decorations at Christmas).

  2. Annie B. Reply

    December 21, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Aw, Sable, thanks for the time trip. I love these old fashioned decorations more than I can tell you.

    I’m fortunate to live in a town which still hangs up some of the vintage style decor among the bland banners and the Christmas trees of little white lights. My favorites of the old style decorations are attached to utility poles up and down our main street: green wreaths with lighted candles inside……so homey and cheerful. Morehead City, NC is pretty “Norman Rockwell” even in the 21st. century.

    Hope you’re feeling much better!

  3. jafi Reply

    December 21, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Wow, Denver’s been lighting the city county building since 1935. One mayor though it was very garish and was going to discontinue it – but was overruled.
    The 1956 display is positively restrained compared to the lights now:-)

    The 2010 version http://www.flickr.com/photos/80651083@N00/5262124767/
    a few years back
    http://t0.ulule.me/vox/1470/which-city-has-best-christmas-lights-20.jpeg

    When we used to drive across the panhandle of Texas in the 70’s (headed cross country to grandma’s for Xmas) many of the little towns had the kind of decorations in the Sterling pic. – the decorations themselves were probably from the 50’s.

    Great photos!

  4. sablemable Reply

    December 24, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Sylkozakur, thanks for stopping by! I should have included some vintage Disneyland photos, but I figured everyone has seen them. Merry Christmas to you!

    Annieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! Yes, I agree 100% that the old stuff looks better than the new stuff, street lights and telephone poles included, LOL! I don’t care for the banners myself. Thank you for the get-well wish; why do we always catch germs at the most important time of the year, I ask, tongue-in-cheek? LOL! I wish you a Merry Christmas, Annie B!

    Jafi! Thank you for the current photos of the city/county building! Wow! The current lights are really intense! I prefer the old lights, don’t you?

  5. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    December 27, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    That Burdine’s photo is amazing! I’d do anything to be able to step back into time and go Christmas shopping back during those days. I think I’d just start bawling from joy. Our city doesn’t do anything too thrilling.

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