Thursday, August 16, 2012


Well it took some work to salvage what we could from this 1937 edition of Look Magazine, but we thought the image of Shirley temple having tea with Santa Claus was too good to pass up.

A pity we couldn't get the rest of the cover. We just couldn't get rid of the black and red crayon drawings!

Click on the photo.

1955 Higbee’s Christmas window, complete with Dumbo - click on the link below

3-dimensional Moonlit Christmas Village Theatre Style Advent Calendar

Christmas window display, old putz houses, etc.

And a blast from department store window past at Everything Croton: Howard Lamey of sent a fascinating link today. Just keep scrolling down the page once you get there for an endless series of old Christmas windows from Scranton, Pennsylvania:

Vintage Cleveland Department Stores at Christmas


  1. We didn't have a lot of money growing up and seldom went on family vacations but one thing my parents did save up for every single year was a train trip to the city for me and my 3 sisters to look at the Macy's Christmas windows. We would go the Woolworths for a sumptuous dinner at the counter and have banana splits. Does anyone remember how they would have balloons hanging over head that you would pop and whatever price was inside the balloon on a little piece of paper was the price you would pay for your banana split. One of my fondest memories is the time I popped a blue balloon and the paper inside said a penny! Then we were each given a dollar, maybe two, if the year had been better, to go and buy something we might like. One time my sisters and I decided to pool our money instead and bought our mother some bath oil beads and powder and our father Tiparillo cigars. We would walk back to Grand Central Station, there was no money for a taxi, and slept on the train back home to Croton.

    Those were the days.

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  3. I have many fond memories of visiting the store windows in the city too but does anyone remember now nice the village used to look at Christmas. I'm not talking about lights slapped hurriedly on light poles, trees slapped into pots with red velvet rubbons, or torn snowflake flags that have seen better days but stars and lights strung from one side of the street to the other. Those were the days.