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Merry Christmas: 1956

Merry Christmas: 1956

I still have fond memories of that American Flyer train set. I wish I still had it . . . for my grandson! View full size.

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American Flyer Indeed!

My set is from the same vintage and sits unused in the attic! None of my brood is interested.


No, it would just be an imitation. Certainly not the real thing!!

Sartorial Splendor!

Is that a leopard skin print I see on the inside of your bathrobe?

Christmas cards.

My mom strung ribbon across the ceiling and hung the cards over them. I think it was the way Brits did it. I recall seeing them hung that was in the annual book of Giles cartoons.

Santa Claus knows best

That decorative clock is the only kind that could compete with that 3-D wallpaper.

Season's Greetings

I love the way your parents have hung the Christmas cards from the curtains. My mother would always tape them to the molding around the doorway. She'd start by taping them across the top, then as more cards came in she'd run them down the sides. It was a good Christmas if we got so many cards that she had to tape the excess to the wall over the sofa.


I see a copy of Edna Ferber's "Giant" on the shelf. The book was out in 1952. The movie came out in November 1956.

Christmas at the Wall

If ever a smile said "best Christmas ever," that's it. There's that incredible wallpaper again - the tree, for all its tinsel, almost gets lost in it. Do you have any memories associated with it? The wallpaper, I mean. Also nice to see that great chair and end table once more. I'm glad you all took Kodachrome into account when choosing your Christmas morn garb. It seems your dad got a lot of use out of the old self-timer button on his camera. Really nice, thanks!

The wallpaper

has an unnerving 3-dimensional quality to it. I think my grandmother had something similar, in green. I wish someone had kept photos like this from me.

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