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Deck the Halls: 1959

Deck the Halls: 1959

"Janet, Christmas 1959." We return to the Baltimore home of Kermy and his sister, who has the look of a kid who just got ... clothes for Christmas. 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

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I spy

Pretty sure I see a GINNY Doll upside down on that pink box! I LOVED them & had about 10! All named Debbie, silly me. Happy New Year all!

Another Kit for Kermy

Looks like brother Kermy got a Strombecker Maserati 250F Grand Prix car model.

The Tall Mystery Box with the Trees

It's probably for Dad. Could be Dewar's White Label or Johnnie Walker Red, but my money is on Windsor Canadian.

WOW the memories in this image

I too started stamp collecting with one or more of those orange bags of stamps. And the previously mentioned Glass Wax stencils were used at Christmas too.

Love those freckles

but she probably hated them!

Good Morning, Sister!

Lengthen that skirt about four inches and this little lady is good to go at Our Lady of Perpetual Travail Junior High.

Clothes For Christmas

Parental rule: Never give clothes as Christmas presents. Clothing is a natural requirement for kids during the year as they outgrow or wear out. Now if it was some special piece of clothing they hinted they wanted, okay. Just MHO.

Memories of a 50's Christmas

Aside from the stiff, uncomfortable dress, of which I had many, 2 things caught my eye - the Big Bag of Foreign Stamps, which would have kept me busy for hours, and the mirror over the fireplace, which is stenciled with Glass Wax stencils. Not long ago I found an unused set at an estate sale.

The big bags of stamps

I remember those being in every five-and-dime store as a kid. The bright orange bag was quite an attention getter but I never knew anyone who actually wanted one of them, let alone bought one.

Stamp collecting

Someone (maybe Kermy?) got The Big Bag of foreign Stamps for Christmas.

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