Sunday, November 29, 2015

PHOTOS, 2015 CROTON LIONS CHRISTMAS TREE DELIVERY

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton-on-Hudson: our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools, our houses of worship -- in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

A REAL SLICE OF SMALL TOWN CROTON LIFE--the way we like it: The annual Croton Lions Christmas Tree Sale started today.

And...a bevy of volunteers arrived this morning to unload the tractor trailer: the Freshman, Junior Varsity and Varsity Boys Basketball Teams--Croton Cheerleaders--and Boy Scout Troop 28 too--and other Crotonites too numerous to mention. Of course, Don Daubney threw out the traditional "first" tree. Click on the photos below and enjoy...all rights reserved...and remember, this ongoing fundraiser raises money for the Croton Lions' many charitable endeavors. 

For more about the Croton Lions, visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Croton-Lions-Club/57347153475

HOURS FOR SALE - WEEKDAYS 9-7 AND WEEKENDS 9-5

Saturday, November 28, 2015

A SPECIAL REQUEST: DECEMBER 1960 IN CROTON - PART 2

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton-on-Hudson: our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools, our houses of worship -- in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

Your editor had a special request in the Spring from a former resident now living in Vegas: their last year in Croton (before the family moved out west was in December 1960)--and so...since we've been asked...we're going to feature an ongoing series throughout the month of December 2015 that will be filled with posts about Croton in December 1960...Click on the images below for PART 2. Stay tuned for more. Alas the rest of the article about Coach Dan Farrell and the Croton basketball team is missing...

SEE PART ONE HERE  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/11/a-special-request-december-1960-in.html

MORE FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC. FROM EVERYTHING CROTON

Well, you've no doubt dragged out the boxes of vintage Christmas: the houses;  the ornaments; the lights...It's a little like seeing old friends again...

Which reminded your editor of this outstanding blast from vintage putz house past: the amazing Christmas village of J. St. Pierre.  Click on the photo.

Your editor spent a half hour trying to get the pre-lit artificial tree lights to work again; this was NOT fun--as it turned out, a strand of dead LED lights was the culprit, rendering the rest of the tree dark...problem solved! But not without quite a bit of colorful language along the way...stay tuned...

Check out this 1952 French Christmas toy catalog http://www.flickr.com/photos/39495180@N07/sets/72157628127948461/with/6394616143/ 

Love this site---a page full of Victorian inspired Christmas reproduction pop up cards, message fans, die cuts and more https://carriagegifts.hostasaurus.com/Xmas.html 

Martha Stewart takes a tour of the National Christmas Center; you have to endure a commercial first however http://www.marthastewart.com/252802/christmas-center 

Check out this 1949 Christmas tree dripping with tinsel http://on.fb.me/1XzI0HH 

FROM OUR FRIENDS AT EUROPEAN FILM STAR POSTCARDS: A LOOK BACK AT DIRECTOR ERNST LUBITSCH http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/11/from-our-friends-european-film-star.html 

WANT MORE VINTAGE CHRISTMAS, including matchless stars, putz houses and more? Go here http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/09/more-fabulous-vintage-websites-finds_9.html 

And for those who may be visiting the Croton area during Advent...  http://www.everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-advent-experience-at-crotons-asbury.html

ACTRESS BETTY AMANN: IMPORTED FROM THE USA

The latest from our friends at European Film Star Postcards: 

IMPORTED FROM THE USA - BETTY AMANN - click on the photo.

"Dark-haired German-American actress Betty Amann (1905-1990) started her film career in Hollywood, but director Joe May and producer Erich Pommer discovered her for the German cinema. Her typical role was the immoral and alluring femme fatale who seduces and corrupts men."

READ MORE HERE http://filmstarpostcards.blogspot.nl/2015/11/imported-from-usa-betty-amann.html

Friday, November 27, 2015

AT LAST... THE WAIT IS OVER: EVERY VOTE COUNTS.....ONCE IT'S BEEN COUNTED

From the Croton United website; this has also been posted on their Facebook page:  EVERY VOTE COUNTS...ONCE IT'S BEEN COUNTED 

November 27, 2015 - We’ve been waiting for the Westchester County Board of Elections to count the absentee ballots and certify the final results of the election that was held more than three weeks ago. We’re pleased to announce that the tally of village absentee ballots, which were only counted Tuesday, have overwhelmingly supported Croton United's candidates. 

The results are below, but we first want to note that this lengthy delay in finalizing the village election—along with the election night debacle that resulted in wholly incorrect vote counts being reported both on television and online—leads us to believe that the village may have made an error when village elections were moved from March to November approximately four years ago. When we controlled our elections the final results, including the tally of absentee ballots, were counted and announced on the evening of Election Day. READ and SEE MORE HERE http://www.crotonunited.org/blog-n/2015/11/27/every-vote-counts-once-its-counted

You can also keep track of Croton United at https://www.facebook.com/crotonunited

LOCAL NEWS ITEMS: DECEMBER 1932 IN CROTON

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COURTESY OF THE OUTSTANDING ARCHIVES MAINTAINED BY THE VOLUNTEERS OF THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY: "LOCAL NEWS ITEMS: DECEMBER 1932 IN CROTON". Click on the images below. There's some familiar old Crotonite names in here--and there's an excerpt about a visit by Margaret Sanger too--and Baroness Shidzue Ishimoto of Tokyo. For more about the Baroness, http://www.jstor.org/stable/2056850?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents 

YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/10/a-look-back-croton-1932.html

FROM OUR FRIENDS @ EUROPEAN FILM STAR POSTCARDS: DIRECTOR ERNST LUBITSCH

ONE HOUR WITH YOU, CLICK ON THE PHOTO
The latest from our friends at EUROPEAN FILM STAR POSTCARDS:

EFSP'S DAZZLING DOZEN: THE LUBITSCH TOUCH 

German-American director Ernst Lubitsch (1892-1947) had the reputation of being Hollywood's most elegant and sophisticated director. His films were promoted as having ‘the Lubitsch touch.’ In the 1910s, he had started out as an actor and director in the silent cinema of the Weimar republic. In Berlin, he made his first masterpieces with stars like Ossi Oswalda, Henny Porten and Pola Negri. Today on EFSP, twelve dazzling postcards with the Lubitsch Touch. READ MORE HERE http://filmstarpostcards.blogspot.nl/2015/11/efsps-dazzling-dozen-lubitsch-touch.html

Thursday, November 26, 2015

HOW COULD WE FORGET...

Alice's Restaurant, Arlo Guthrie, the full song; a perfect way to end Thanksgiving - click on the link https://vimeo.com/17182181

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM EVERYTHING CROTON PLUS AN INDEX TO VINTAGE CROTON THANKSGIVING LINKS 2

Everything Croton wishes you and yours a Happy & Healthy Thanksgiving. Click on the photo to see the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade 1930!

UPDATED: Hope your holiday was a good one. The Everything Croton Guide to Thanksgiving goods and services is now offline.
 
But by special request, an index below to "vintage" Croton Thanksgiving posts here at Everything Croton, courtesy of The Croton Historical Society--these will stay online permanently. 

--From 1958 http://bit.ly/1NlZn9r

--From 1971 Croton Interfaith Thanksgiving http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/10/a-croton-thanksgiving-1971-interfaith.html

--From 1973  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-1973-thanksgiving-editorial.html

--More Croton Thanksgiving 1973 http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-croton-thanksgiving-1973.html

--1979 Thanksgiving ad featuring Croton businesses http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/11/1979-thanksgiving-advertising-spread.html

--Circa 1967, 1968 Croton Thanksgiving Interfaith Service http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2013/09/crotons-interfaith-council-of-churches.html

p.s. STAY TUNED FOR THE ANNUAL EVERYTHING CROTON ONLINE CHRISTMAS AND HANUKKAH CATALOG OF LOCAL HOLIDAY EVENTS, GOODS, RELIGIOUS SERVICES & MUCH MORE.  It debuts tomorrow and will be updated throughout the month. See you then.

MORE FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC. FROM EVERYTHING CROTON

Another little jewel of a new putz house by artisan Howard Lamey of littleglitterhouses.com -- click on the photo. See it from start to finish here http://bit.ly/1lLKDKJ

Some thoughts on the "new" LED Christmas lights; ah--the electric bill--your editor, whose house is festooned with lights every year front and back--is now using about 60% LED--and that's as far as it's going to go. There IS a difference in the electric bill by at least a third...however...we simply can't give up those vintage Chrismas lights--or the old fashioned blow-molds...the shapes, the colors, yada-yada...and like so many of you, we continue the hunt at estate sales, flea markets and such...photos soon.

Speaking of vintage blow-molds, one of our favorite sites is down at the moment--blowmoldsrus.webs.com/

And so...here's a blow-mold Flickr gallery from friends for your viewing pleasure--lots of vintage--and some newer pieces https://www.flickr.com/groups/970744@N24/

The November edition of TRAINS-N-TOWNS(TM) newsletter is out--it's filled with lots of great stuff.

For those who don't know: The newsletter serves families who like O Scale trains and Christmas Trains, including those who are interested in combining On30, O gauge, or vintage toy trains with collectible villages or vintage accessories. It is produced in conjunction with the Big Indoor Trains(tm) and Big Christmas Trains(tm) web sites. Spend some time there. You won't regret it!  http://www.bigindoortrains.com/trains_n_towns/15_11_newsletter_indoor.htm

Your editor especially recommends the section--A 1941 Switching Layout--http://bigindoortrains.com/primer/track_plans/switching_0_gauge/automated_switching_layout.htm

And finally, HAPPY THANKSGIVING, for all of Everything Croton's vintage holiday friends and readers...yes, we love traditions!

One last thing: For those of you in the area, LIFT THINE EYES at Holy Name of Mary http://www.everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/11/take-4-acapella-lift-thine-eyes-holy.html

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A SPECIAL REQUEST: DECEMBER 1960 IN CROTON - PART 1

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton-on-Hudson: our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools, our houses of worship -- in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

Your editor had a special request in the Spring from a former resident now living in Vegas: their last year in Croton (before the family moved out west was in December 1960)--and so...since we've been asked...we're going to feature an ongoing series starting today and throughout the month of December 2015 that will be filled with posts about Croton in December 1960...Click on the images below. Stay tuned for more.

And of course, all this would not be possible without the outstanding archives maintained by the volunteers of THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY. If you are not yet a member, become one today! You can download the form here--it's ten dollars well spent! And makes an excellent gift too: http://www.crotononhudson-ny.gov/Public_Documents/CrotonHudsonNY_WebDocs/HistoricalSociety/HSMembership.pdf

YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN THE BLIZZARD OF 1960 http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-blizzard-of-1960-in-croton.html

UPDATED--SEE PART 2 OF DECEMBER 1960 IN CROTON HERE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/11/a-special-request-december-1960-in_28.html 

AND NOW IT'S TIME 4 THE LATEST "SALING" ADVENTURES OF ROB & MONICA AND THEIR ADVENTURES AMONGST THE DUCKS

If you're a baby boomer, you will remember those "nonsensical" and fun songs that popped up every Christmas season--there was Dominick the Donkey a.k.a. Dominick The Italian Christmas Donkey--written by Ray Allen, Sam Saltzberg and Wandra Merrel--and sung by Lou Monte in 1960. You can read more about it here http://bit.ly/1MQZjPz

And then there was...Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer...originally produced in 1979. You can read all about that one here http://bit.ly/1P8JhGn

Both songs can also be found on YouTube.com - Well...Rob and Monica recently found a copy of the record on their latest "saling" adventures...among other things of course - click on the photo.

Read more here: THE FIRST FULL WEEKEND IN NOVEMBER - Click on the link http://www.ouradventuresamongsttheducks.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-first-full-weekend-of-november.html

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MORE BITS & PIECES FROM CROTON IN OCT. & NOV. 1949

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton-on-Hudson: our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools, our houses of worship -- in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

BY SPECIAL REQUEST, SOME MORE BITS AND PIECES FROM OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER OF 1949, courtesy of the outstanding archives maintained by the volunteers of THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY; stay tuned for more. Click on the images below and enjoy. 

 

MORE FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC. FROM EVERYTHING CROTON

So much to show and tell you about....

First up: A great cover from the December 1952 Woman's Day Magazine courtesy of our Flickr friend File Photo; see select scans from the magazine here http://bit.ly/21f6cUi

That's followed by one of our favorite vintage Santa's.

We always suspected he was German but had nothing definitive; then, after well over a decade, and as he was being unwrapped to make his annual appearance--we discovered that he was marked after all--made in Western Germany--in the tiniest letters near his boots--which, without the glasses, we had always assumed was DIRT! Mystery solved! His original miniature feather tree had long ago disintegrated, necessitating a replacement silver tree cake pick from http://www.babykakes.com/trees.htm

Note that he is carrying a bag of Christmas oranges...which reminded your editor of... 

REMEMBERING: CANDY BOXES & ORANGES: Those of you who grew up with these things may think that it's silly to commemorate something so ubiquitous as Christmas candy boxes and oranges being given out at Christmas. But, like many other North American Christmas traditions, it is worth documenting now in case it goes the way of the putz* and the C-6 light bulb. And the candy box art, humble as it was, was as clear a reflection of its times as any greeting card art or Christmas tree decorations of the same period. READ MORE HERE http://familychristmasonline.com/memories/candy_boxes/candy_boxes.htm 


And finally, an oldie but goodie -- one of our favorite Christmas ads featuring..Jim Backus...Baby-boomers will remember him best as Mr. Howell on Gilligan's Island. It's from 1970.

Click on the photos and enjoy.

Unusual Christmas tree lights, possibly from the 50's: TISCO ELECTRIC - read more here: http://bit.ly/1Id8nMx 

The VERY 1ST MACY'S THANKSGIVING PARADE http://bit.ly/1NbvyMT 

And in case you missed it, the 1959 Stanhome Christmas catalog http://bit.ly/21dSRM5

Monday, November 23, 2015

THE VERY FIRST MACY'S THANKSGIVING PARADE

COURTESY OF HISTORY.COM - Every year more than 3.5 million New Yorkers line the route of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while 50 million television viewers tune in to watch the holiday pageant of giant character balloons, floats, celebrities and marching bands. Although it is now as much of an American tradition as turkey and stuffing, the first Macy’s parade on Thanksgiving morning of 1924 was a much more humble affair that bore the name of an altogether different holiday. 

READ MORE HERE http://www.history.com/news/the-first-macys-thanksgiving-day-parade?cmpid=Social_Facebook_SiteShare

BETHEL'S JEFF SCOTT EARNS TOP DISTINCTION

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton-on-Hudson: our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools, our houses of worship -- in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

DON'T MISS THE ARTICLE ABOUT JEFF SCOTT IN THE 11/19 THRU 11/25 EDITION OF THE GAZETTE on page 3: Bethel's Jeff Scott earns top distinction - the article  details the news that Bethel's Services IT Director Jeff Scott has been recognized by LeadingAge NY as an Employee of Distinction in a state-wide campaign.

The Gazette is on sale just about everywhere. 

Editor's Note: Jeff Scott is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Scott of Croton.

1950 CROTON GIRL SCOUT NEWS & MORE VINTAGE CROTON GIRL SCOUTS TOO

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton-on-Hudson: our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools, our houses of worship -- in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

BY SPECIAL REQUEST AND COURTESY OF THE OUTSTANDING ARCHIVES MAINTAINED BY THE VOLUNTEERS OF THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 1950 GIRL SCOUT NEWS. Click on the images below. 

You may also have an interest in http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/12/top-3-most-read-2014-croton.html

FUN! THE 1959 STANHOME CHRISTMAS CATALOG

Yes...we love vintage catalogs--especially the Christmas catalogs! This one is for STANHOME A.K.A. Stanley Home Products...

The equivalent of the Tupperware saleswoman...or the Avon Lady...


It's from 1959..click on the photo...to see the entire catalog, click on the link http://bit.ly/2nm97vw 


We love some of the packaging...

You may also have an interest in more of the vintage Christmas catalogs we love to look at: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/08/more-of-vintage-christmas-catalogs-we.html