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Christmas Recovery: 1955

Christmas Recovery: 1955

The gift-unwrapping frenzy past, and despite his being nearly crowded out of the frame, my father seems to be finding serenity by returning to normal daily routine, i.e. reading in his leather chair. Usually it would be the daily papers, but note the reserve stock of various publications overflowing the magazine rack. The tree and its environs can be seen pre-frenzy here in a post I made ten years ago. This shot was taken by my sister on 2-1/4-square transparency film. (Guess which of the discernible presents is obviously mine?) View full size.

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Magazine Rack

Never had a magazine rack with more than two sections to hold papers and magazines. This one looks like it has four. When my dad would bring home a tree similar to yours mom would say "That tree has personality!"

The Schuco VW Beetle

Instantly drew my attention if that is the brand. I'm about Terrace's age and I had a couple of Schuco models in the 50s. They were built in Germany and of tremendous quality, not at all inexpensive in that day.

[I would have loved having one of those, but though I remember mine as being pretty faithful to the VW design, it wasn't nearly as fancy as that Schuco model. Made to play with rather than display. - tterrace]

In the eye of the beholder

Great photo, and I am particularly drawn to the tree itself. After decades of considering the highly cultivated, extremely dense, perfectly conical and symmetrically shaped North Carolina Fraser Fir to be the ideal Christmas tree, I am surprising myself by finding this tree's natural and open shape to be quite appealing!

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