Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Was there really ever a time when a kid wanted to dress up like a cowboy, or a mountie...and not just at Halloween? Indeed there was. From the 1940 Sears Christmas Wishbook; click on the photos:

--So a friend of ours has been collecting photos of unusual “roadside attraction” buildings; she thinks that these would make a great Christmas putz village! Whether or not this will ever happen is another story. Still there’s bound to be at least one or two items here for inspiration:

There’s the world’s biggest teapot building in West Virginia http://www.flickr.com/photos/picture-perfect-designs-jewelry/7653733384/in/pool-1447681@N21
Not a roadside attraction, but she loved the architecture: Chet’s Barber Shop http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotoedge/7666152338/in/pool-52240840067@N01
From Missouri, Cherry on Top Ice Cream concession---love this one http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotoedge/7666152338/in/pool-52240840067@N01
--We have a real treat from Paul Racep of Big Indoor Trains...Chapter 3 is now available – and in case you have forgotten, Racep has a wonderful new series--inspired by Howard Lamey's Spook Hill putz house creations. Intro here: http://halloweentrains.com/spook_hill_chronicles/spook_hill_chronicles_intro.htm and to go to Chapter 1, click here. To go to Chapter 2, click here. To go to Chapter 3, click here. And don't forget to check out http://www.halloweentrains.com/

--Now here’s an inspiring piece of architecture for a possible putz house; from an advent calendar http://www.vintage-ornaments.com/snowy-tower-victorian-advent-calendar-new-for-adv797

--Russian Christmas ornaments: To find the best Russian holiday ornaments, take a trip to Klin and visit the Klinskoye Podvorye Museum. http://indrus.in/articles/2012/01/12/christmas_for_every_day_museum_at_klinsk_14166.html 

-- Christmas on the WWII Home Front: A Collection of Fun Yule-tide Facts http://www.nationalww2museum.org/learn/education/for-students/ww2-history/at-a-glance/christmas-on-the-home-front.html

--TRAIN TIME: VEGAS IS NOT A TRAIN TOWN...what a model train layout this was... http://www.toyconnect.blogspot.com/2012/08/train-time-bandr-railways-layout.html


  1. I would have been the "prairie rose". Notice that she's "armed", lol.

  2. The Spook Hill story is very interesting so far. Howard's houses are great.

  3. Luv the WWII link, tx.