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Christmas 1944, WW2

December 25th, 2016 (11:48 am)

Originally posted by almond_cakes at Christmas 1944, WW2

Sgt. Edward Good helps his buddy eat Christmas dinner at a Belgian field hospital, December 25th, 1944- 72 years ago. I wonder what injuries these men had- burns or broken bones or what...but at least they still have their arms and hands. I see the man in the background has a bandaged face too. I hope these men enjoyed good lives after the war.

Hope you all are enjoying a Happy Christmas Day!

Susan Trexel [userpic]

A Dolly For Christmas 1960

December 24th, 2016 (07:37 am)

Originally posted by almond_cakes at A Dolly For Christmas 1960

Can't believe it's already Christmas Eve! Here's a cute photo from 1960- a little girl pointing to a dolly she would like for Christmas. Most of the dolls are in dresses, but I see a modern "teen"-looking doll in pants, a bride doll, and a doll in a kilt. Why are some of the dolls naked???

When I was a girl, I had some dolls and played with them at times, but I was more of a tomboy. I don't remember ever asking for / hoping for a doll for Christmas, but I did get them. As an adult, I do like dolls and have collected a few- they are dolls made in Germany (Kathe Kruse, Haba, and Nanchen dolls). If I were the little girl in the photo, I think I'd pick the doll on the far right, hanging on the wall in the dark coat and white hat and the round white price tag shows over her coat. The brunette doll,also hanging on the lower part of the wall in the white dress with the price tag hanging off her hand is cute too.

Susan Trexel [userpic]

A Telephone Ad Sometime During WW2

December 23rd, 2016 (07:33 am)

Originally posted by almond_cakes at A Telephone Ad Sometime During WW2

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Christmas at the Woody Crest Home, Bronx, NYC, 1905

December 23rd, 2016 (07:31 am)

Originally posted by almond_cakes at Christmas at the Woody Crest Home, Bronx, NYC, 1905

Homeless boys at the Woody Crest Home 111 years ago on Christmas Day, 1905. Woody Crest was a home for neglected children built in the Bronx in 1902 by the American Female Guardian Society and Home for the Friendless. It operated until the mid 1970s.

The photo is half of a stereograph and is from the Library of Congress collection. "Lyndhurst" is the name of the estate where Miss Helen Miller Gould lived (the photo was not taken there). She was the daughter of a wealthy railroad entrepreneur who made millions. She used her inheritance for philanthropy. And one cause she focused on was the Woody Crest Home.

Every year at Christmas, she provided a turkey dinner for Woody Crest residents. But this year, in 1905, the children turned the tables on their hostess and cooked her a dinner from food produced on the estate. They gave her a gift of a holly and evergreen wreath.

You can see some of her fabulous presents to the boys in this picture- she gave the 16 boys at Woody Crest gifts which included a chest of tools, a miniature store (that's an amazing toy store!), books, and Indian and soldier/policeman costumes.

Susan Trexel [userpic]

A Happy Christmas 1935

December 23rd, 2016 (07:28 am)

Originally posted by almond_cakes at A Happy Christmas 1935

One happy boy on one AMAZING Christmas gift, which looks to be an actual merry-go-round horse. Taken in Washington DC in 1935. Photo from the Harris and Ewing collection. This was during the Depression, so obviously this family was doing fine. Still, I notice his shoes could use some polishing. He's even wearing riding jodhpurs! I wonder if he kept that horse all his life.

Susan Trexel [userpic]

First Christmas of WW2 in London 1939

December 23rd, 2016 (07:26 am)

Originally posted by almond_cakes at First Christmas of WW2 in London 1939

December 23rd: Passersby admire a Christmas window at Selfridges in London that is protected by sandbags during the first Christmas of WW2, in December 1939. Looks like the war didn't keep Father Christmas away- children could visit him on the 3rd floor, and there are some really nice toys in that window!

Here's a little girl standing on the sandbags as she looks in the window, dreaming of what Father Christmas might bring to her. I notice she has a canister with her- I'm thinking it contained a gas mask?

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The Lonely Doll 1956

December 20th, 2016 (07:33 am)

Originally posted by almond_cakes at The Lonely Doll 1956

A photograph taken in 1956 of Edith and Little Bear for the book "The Lonely Doll", by Dare Wright. The book was published in 1957 and made the New York Times children’s books bestseller list that year.The book tells the story of a doll named Edith, who lives by herself until two teddy bears, called Mr. Bear and Little Bear, appear in her life. They have many adventures together.
I remember seeing these books in the bookstore when I was a teenager. I remember looking at the photos and liking them. I never knew about these books when I was a young child, so never read them. I'm curious to read them now.
Edith was a 22" felt Italian- made Lenci Doll from the 1920s which belonged to Dare as a child. She sewed Edith's outfits for the books. (Edith was named after Dare's mother). Little Bear, seen with Edith in this photo, was a Steiff "Jackie" bear, bought at FAO Schwarz in the mid 1950s.
In November 2010, The British Newspaper, "The Guardian" named The Lonely Doll one of the 10 Best Illustrated Children's Books of all time. Author Dare Wright wrote 9 more books about Edith and her bear friends. These books seem to be a bit controversial- some find them cute and fun, others find them creepy and disturbing. I'll have to find out what I think!

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Batmobile, 1967

December 20th, 2016 (06:58 am)

Originally posted by almond_cakes at Batmobile, 1967

Here's a vintage 35mm Kodak Ektachrome color slide of an unknown member of the television engineering staff at NBC smoking a pipe in the drivers seat of the Batmobile. This slide is currently for sale on ebay. This original 1967 photo was taken by the seller's father who was the Technical Director at that time, who said they drove the car into Studio B for a segment on the "Today Show".

Close up below.

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Что почем в Украине? Расскажу вам про покупки

December 19th, 2016 (10:18 pm)

Originally posted by carabaas at Что почем в Украине? Расскажу вам про покупки


Про какие, про покупки?! Да, вот сходил в магазин за всякими мелочами. Купил шампиньоны, яблоки, хлеб, сметану, сахар, гречку,макароны, уксус, масло подсолнечное, масло сливочное, кофе молотый и корм для Барсика.

Теперь расскажу вам подробно - что почем покупал и во сколько гривен семейному бюджету обошелся поход в магазин.

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The REAL Winnie (the Pooh) Bear, 1914

December 18th, 2016 (01:26 pm)

Originally posted by almond_cakes at The REAL Winnie (the Pooh) Bear, 1914

I just now posted photos of Christopher Robin Milne with his teddy bear, Winnie the Pooh. Now, I'll share the back story as to how Christopher Robin's bear, originally named "Edward", became "Winnie the Pooh".

Here is Captain Harry D. Colebourn, who was a young Canadian veterinarian on his way to train and fight in Europe during World War I. He happened upon a baby black bear that he bought off a trapper at a train depot in Canada. He paid $20 for the bear, which in today's economy would $483.46!! Colebourn named the bear Winnie, short for his home town of Winnipeg. He took the bear with across the ocean to England, and Winnie quickly became the mascot of his unit. But when the time came to ship out to France for combat, Colebourn left his beloved pet in the capable hands of the London Zoo. Later, A. A. Milne and his son, Christopher Robin, visited the London Zoo, and Christopher Robin took an immediate shine to Winnie, developing an unusually strong bond with the animal and even playing with her in her enclosure. The boy imagined all sorts of adventures for Winnie, which became the basis for the now-famous stories written by Milne.

Captain Colebourn wanted to take Winnie back home with him after the war, but it lasted longer than anyone imagined, and Colebourn saw that Winnie was very happy in her zoo home, and so left her there. She lived in captivity for 20 years, a long life for a black bear. The zookeeper Ernest Scales wrote that Winnie was “the only bear they ever trusted entirely,” letting children, like Christopher Robin, go right inside her enclosure to play with her and even ride on her back.

I NEVER knew of this story before- so interesting! Look below the cut for more photos of Winnie, even one of Christopher Robin visiting her at the zoo:

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