Seattle 1978

Seattle 1978

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Mid Century Christmas Cousins

I have more color slides from the large lot I acquired last spring; I would love to be able to identify this family. I believe they lived in the Puyallup area. In particular, there are two girls that are photographed in many other slides found in this lot (Halloween, their Christmas trees/gifts, with a WSU t-shirt wearing boy, and Easter Finery.)
I'm supposing these are cousins or very close family friends - they spent many Christmases together in the 1950s / early 1960s.

They are so cute!

The kneeling girl in the red jumper and the seated girl in front of her appear in many of the slides I acquired. It's possible their names are Nancy and Patty (based on some Christmas gifts in other slides) - I will refer to them as Nancy and Patty in the below slides. The red-headed boy is also easy to pick out in these slides.

Nancy and Patty are back/right and the girl behind the doll.

Nancy and Patty are standing in the center and seated on the right.

Nancy and Patty are standing on the right.

Nancy and Patty are standing in the back row left and standing in the middle row right.

This is the same year - the girl with the green skirt marries the young man in the center back according to some other slides from this large lot.

Sadly this is a poor slide but the cousins now include the next generation so I really wanted to include it. Nancy and Patty are wearing a blue blouse and a red blouse (I think). This slide was labeled 1962.

Do you recognize anyone in these slides?

Monday, December 21, 2015

Mid Century Christmas Trees and Gifts

These 1950s Christmas color slides are fun. I still have not identified the family/ies but their Christmases are suburban baby-boomer style and I love it!!

Shiny aluminum Christmas Tree!

I think if you did not have a shiny aluminum Christmas tree, you loaded it down with tinsel!

"Patty" "Bill"

"Nancy" "Bill"

I really love the vintage ornaments on this tree!

I can imagine how excited these girls were to get brand new roller skates! Their names are possibly Nancy and Patty.

Close ups of gifts under the trees:

Pink poodle toy, bear (wind up?)

Record player (it appears to be sized for 45s), Santa boot with candy cane, salt and pepper set

Airplane, and at least two fire trucks, Cowboy Jr. Cap Pistol

Ballerina doll, Skunk, Cowboy Jr. Cap Pistol, Fire trucks

Record player?, Dolls, teddy bears, mixer?

Lincoln Logs, teapot?, football, toy gun? something with Mickey Mouse on it, Betty Crocker Junior Baking Kit, doctor kit?

JC Higgins Model 20 Pump Acton 12 Gauge Shotgun, clock (radio?) axe

Doll, Kodalite FlashHolder, Cat!, Target shooting game, Monopoly, purse

The Visible Man, red purse, Campus Sweater, sewing machine, wind up bear, typewriter, drill, leather case

Female names in this collection are Nancy and Patty, One of the males is Bill - I assume these are the children but could be the parent names as well? I think they lived in the Puyallup area.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Even More Vintage Christmas Postcards

I have a few more vintage Christmas postcards to share! If you missed the others, check out "More Vintage Christmas Cards" and "Vintage Christmas Cards".

Cozy by the fireplace:

"Wishing You Christmas Cheer" C. 1909 Postmarked 1914

Cozy cottages nestled in the winter's snow:

"A Merry Christmas" Postmarked 1913

"To greet you in all sincerity this Christmas" Postmarked 1919

"Christmas Greetings"

More cottages but without the snow:

"To Wish You A Merrie Christmasse" Postmarked 1909

These make me smile happily.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

1950s Thanksgiving

American Thanksgiving in 1950s Life Magazine ads

The Turkey!
"It's frozen holiday turkey . . . with a tender, new farm-freshness . . . because it's vacuum-sealed in CRYOVAC. Traditional turkey tastes better than ever in new, scientific vacuum package"

November 25, 1957 Life Magazine

"Westinghouse Roaster-Oven cooks everything . . . plugs in anywhere! COOKS HOLIDAY-SIZE TURKEY, HAM OR ROAST, FULL FAMILY MEALS, PERFECT PIES!" "Westinghouse . . .the gift with something extra!" "You can be sure . . .  if it's Westinghouse"

November 18, 1957 Life Magazine

 "BUTTERBALL Swift's Premium Turkey"

Life Magazine November 9, 1959


Life Magazine November 9, 1959
 "For more than a century of Thanksgivings, Swift has been sharing this thoughtful, pleasant day with American families . . .bringing to their tables the (?) that a bountiful land provides. (May your Butterball bird this year be plumper (?) than ever!) Swift's Premium . . . the two most trusted words in meat. Our 105th year."

Life Magazine November 23, 1959

"Exciting new Cranberry Surprise . . . this is the place for BEST FOODS"
1 envelope Knox Unflavored Gelatine
2 tbsp. sugar . . . 1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup very hot water
1/2 cup Best Foods Real Mayonnaise
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. grated lemon rind
1 (1-lb.) can Ocean Spray Whole Cranberry Sauce
1 orange or apple, peeled and diced, or one 8 1/2 can pineapple tidbits
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Mix gelatine with sugar and salt. Add hot water. Stir until dissolved. Add Real Mayonnaise, lemon juice and lemon juice and lemon rind. Blend with rotary beater. Pour into refrigerator tray and quick-chill in freezing unit 10-15 min., or until firm about 1 inch from edge but soft in center. Beat until fluffy. Fold in cranberry sauce, fruit and walnuts. Pour into molds and chill until firm. Unmold on lettuce. Top with Real Mayonnaise. 6 servings.

November 17, 1958 Life Magazine

 "Lighten the Fun! For Thanksgiving . . .add Schlitz!" "The beer that made Milwaukee famous"

November 12, 1956 Life Magazine

"Serve the modern the LIGHT refreshment" "Pepsi-Cola refreshes without filling"

November 19, 1956 Life Magazine

"America Pauses to be Thankful!" "Coca Cola: THE PAUSE THAT REFRESHES"

Life Magazine November 23, 1959

"Lady . . . Be A Genius in 2 delightful ways . . . in just 6 minutes. Your family and guest will rave about these 2 Wonder BROWN 'N SERVE Perfect Baking Delights"

November 19, 1956 Life Magazine

Family Photos!
"Thanksgiving pictures are easier to take indoors than out. Sylvania outsells all other brands of flashbulbs combined!"

November 18, 1957 Life Magazine

"They disagree on nearly everything including today's game - The agree (1) that their favorite liquor tastes better in a highball - (2) that highballs are better for them - (3) that the best highballs are mixed with Canada Dry."

November 12, 1956 Life Magazine

Pumpkin Pie!
"even beginners can't miss! Libby's Pumpkin assures velvety-rich, custard-like filling every time."

November 12, 1956 Life Magazine

"Your first taste will tell you it's real whipped cream" "Reddi wip Perfect Partner for Pumpkin Pie. "

Life Magazine November 16, 1959

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
"When you care enough to send the very best Hallmark Cards"

Life Magazine November 16, 1959