Roger Rickards....MAJOR (no pun intended) STAR of Hot Rods and Jalopies Christmas posts this year had one more to share from his Christmas archives. Here is smiling Roger with his Thistle Major Pedal Tractor under his 1950 Christmas tree...what an incredible photo. If you click on the picture, you will also notice all the other things under the tree, and be sure to check back on the last two posts to see the rest of the toys Santa brought Roger that year.....Lucky kid in 1950!!
Pretty close to Roger's but produced a little later in about 1953 by Triang Toys is this Thistle Major Tractor....noticeable differences were the rear fenders and the tractor tread tires.
NEXT: is the song Santa Baby....which we all love to hear this time of the year. Many artists did this song but none like Eartha Kitt. She was the first to record it in 1953. I will try to add the YouTube sound video to this. Be sure to sing along.
Sing along with Eartha
This is Eartha's second request in the song above.......♪♪♫♪♫ A'54 Convertible - Light Blue.♫♫♪♫. In reality it is a 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible.....for this, I would sing Santa Baby...☺
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NEXT: This is one of my favourite pictures of my future wife and I, still in high school in about Christmas 1962. The picture was taken by the tree at my parents place. We wore matching cable knit sweaters....a long time ago....how sweet it is!!
Here's another one of Darren taken a day after the one above was taken....what a cutie!!
The following two photos jump ahead another 9 years to 1981.....Darren with the axe and his two cousins Jason and Colleen Barney....that's Darren again with Jason in the trailer. That's the trailer I used to haul our racing Go-Kart around in the summer months.
Last: The photo on the left below are my sons Darren and Jay skiing at the original Mount McKay Ski Club, Christmas Holidays 1982....how we all miss that place.....it's very grown over, and if you went now you would never know there was ever a ski club there....except for some chair lift scrap iron still laying around.
......The last picture below right is taken at Loch Lomond Ski Club....This picture was posted once before, but it's such a favourite of mine, I have to add it to this Christmas post....it was also taken during our Christmas Holidays but way back in about 1960.... In the picture left to right is John Ritchie later to become one of Canada's #1 ski coaches, next to John is my old friend Dwight McIntosh, then Myself and finally another old friend Scott McCallum. We had so much fun in those days, and in the winter spent all of our spare time skiing both at Loch Lomond and Mount McKay....and it never mattered how cold it was.... -25 Fahrenheit wouldn't even stop us.
The final Christmas Holiday photo below is one I took circa 1955, and in the photo is Donald and Darryl Wheatley....neighbours and playmates who lived across the lane from us back then, and the little kid with the helmet is none other than Joe (Joey) Cooper, later to become my push mobile driver as well as starting his auto mechanic apprenticeship at Ray-Charles Texaco on Victoria Ave.
Almost every back yard had a skating/hockey rink in those days....we played outside most of the time...kids today are truly missing out.
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