This is a colorful book filled with treasured nostalgia for those of us who grew up from the 1950s through the 1970s. Some items shown were before my time, while other photos instantly brought back memories of Christmas past as a child. I enjoyed reading about the vintage glass ornaments by Corning Ware and how they evolved. Corning also made the Shiny Brite ornaments, which are now made in China by Christopher Radko. So if you can find some USA-made Shiny Brites from the 1950s-70s, you're in luck. The chapter on lighting is interesting in that I've seen some of those strings of lights in antique shops. I am partial to the old C6 lamps on trees; the small mini-lights of today do not compare to the colorful beauty of the larger lights, but they're much safer. The chapter on Aluminum trees is my favorite, because my grandmother used to have a silver one she'd decorate with red Shiny Brite ornaments. Viewing the chapter immediately brought me back to Christmas at my grandmother's apartment. And who could forget Lucy's love of aluminum trees in "A Charlie Brown Christmas"? Favorite Christmas toys are discussed, including the Slinky, which I had as a child and the Chemcraft Chemistry set! Since most women were housewives, DIY Christmas was big during the 1950s-60s; popular Christmas crafts and recipe books are featured. I recall my mother made a large ball out of recycled Christmas cards that was a popular project. Ms Archer left no stone unturned when it comes to MidCentury Christmas.
I purchased the stocking stuffer edition as a present for my brother-in-law, but wanted the full-sized edition for myself and my young son. I was delighted to find an inexpensive used copy here on Amazon through a 3rd party seller. The full-sized edition is OOP, but the stocking stuffer edition is available on Amazon.
If you want a trip down memory lane of your Christmas past, purchase this book and savor every page. It will make a great book for your holiday coffee table and quite a conversation-starter. It makes a wonderful gift for friends, your kids or grandkids. The younger generation can get a good idea of what Christmas was like for Baby Boomers. Happy Holidays!
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: *Norton agency titles; 1 edition (18 October 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581574029
- ISBN-13: 978-1581574029
- Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 2.3 x 20.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 771 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)