We just love bringing you unusual vintage holiday items--here's a vintage "Parasol" tree, courtesy of collector Scotty; if we had to guess, given the mid-century modern feel, we'd say it dates from the 1950's. Not entirely sure we'd have it as a stand-alone piece but it certainly would be effective surrounded by lots of made in Japan Christmas kitsch from the same period. The ornaments are held on with alligator clips. Click on the photo.
Carol reminded us that actor Roddy McDowall died this date in 1998. We adored McDowall's work as a child actor in How Green Was My Valley and Lassie Come Home.
For those who don't know, Eric Knight (author of Lassie Come Home and This Above All) lived in Croton-on-Hudson. He was killed in a plane crash in 1943 that took the lives of fellow resident William Hodson and 35 other Americans. You can read more about it here http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2013/12/eric-knight-author-of-lassie-this-above.html
And for those of you who experienced Christmas in the 1960's, we bring you BETTER HOMES & GARDENS CHRISTMAS IDEAS FOR 1962, courtesy of YAY, IT'S ANOTHER BLOG: http://yayitsanotherblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-ideas-for-1962.html
And yes some it is WAY over the top but still fun.
"Outlandish" putz items http://www.cardboardchristmas.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=935
Early vintage Christmas putz with "foil" http://www.cardboardchristmas.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=930
Remembering Rock Hudson http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/10/remembering-rock-hudson_2.html
And by special request, making your own HALLOWEEN STOREFRONTS http://halloweentrains.com/primer/halloween_stores/halloween_storefronts.htm
SNOW GLOBES! THE WHOLE STORY! THE BEST MINIATURE FIGURES AROUND, COURTESY OF MEYER IMPORTS https://www.meyer-imports.com/blog/?page_id=656
Fun Halloween stuff at Tiny Things Are Cute http://www.tinythingsarecute.com/
WANT MORE VINTAGE? GO HERE http://www.everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/06/more-fabulous-vintage-websites-finds_30.html