CHRISTMAS 2016 post #2 .... click on all to enlarge
Christmas has always been a great time to advertise many things .... such as automobiles. There is a 1946 post war ad for Nash, about six months after VE day WWII. Everyone was so happy the war was over.
Traditions are so important at Christmastime. One such tradition through the years were "Japanese" oranges or "Mandarin" oranges. They were originally wrapped in green rice paper and shipped in wooden boxes....in later years the oranges lost their green rice paper for the most part and are shipped in cardboard boxes mainly and come from China and a few other countries as well. As a child you may have found one in the toe of your Christmas stocking. The Seiko box to the right was in my garage for years filled with old car parts....
From my favorite Christmas film "A Christmas Story" comes the Daisy Red Ryder 1000 shot saddle carbine....and for only $2.95 (plus duty in Canada it says..LOL) To the right of the ad is my very own Red Ryder wood stock rifle that I've owned for ....well....uh...oh.... "many" years, and haven't shot my eye out yet.
I have to tease my kid brother Corey as he wasn't born quite yet when this next photo was taken......my kid sister and I call those times "Christmases BC" (before Corey) :) :)
This photo is circa 1955/6....we always had a beautiful tree that I remember and my dad would put on all the old "lead" tinsel.....we all survived lead poisoning.
We were very fortunate....My mother always make Christmas extra special with her baking and tons of love for the three of us until we lost her at a much too young age in 1974.
This next one of yours truly is the costume I used playing one of The Three Kings in our Christmas pageant in grade 6, and right next to me is our first DuMont B&W Television set....in later years in our rec room my future wife and I watched Elvis and The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show on that old TV.
This circa 1960 Christmas with my brother Corey playing with his Matchbox toy cars....and my sister is astonished at how those toys kept him quiet for a few seconds.....sorry bro...just kidding. My brother still has that old Eaton's Hi Fi set on the left....In the day it was top of the line for musical and radio entertainment...it even had a short wave....I remembered hearing programs in many languages late at night...... Yes...Christmas helps bring back all those great memories.
Below is the last family Christmas photo on this post....It was taken after Santa Claus came in about 1957, with my sisters doll and doll house but also my treasured MARX service station, that was on every boys wish list in those days.
Jumping ahead past the 1962 Christmas season are these few February 1963 Winter Carnival photos. Many photos such as these exist of this carnival but these are the ones my father took and I recently scanned the slides to extract them to digital. They are quite good as far as quality. The sign an button below are in my own collection. The sign is about 10" diameter and the button is about 2 1/4".
As mentioned way above, click on all these smaller photos to enlarge them. The photo above is the Lakehead Stock Car Club parade float. On the float is Albert Massaro's #88 Popcorn Special modified dirt track racer coated with float flowers and sporting the number of the year of the carnival. Albert and his pit crew are also on board. The photo is taken just in front of The Dunbar Sign Store...the building to the left is the old Simpson Hotel on the corner of Dease and Simpson St. That building is long gone now to a present day empty lot.
The photo is the old Fort William Fire Dept. Steam pumper. That pumper is in need of restoration today and resides in the glassed in area adjacent to the Museum today.
The present day photo below is the same location shown above....all the buildings are there except the Simpson Hotel and Simpson Taxi stand. The businesses today are Import Auto Sales and Trims Barber shop.
Hope you still enjoy reading HR&J posts....I've rounded up many more vintage local racing photos and they will be posted with stories in coming weeks and months. Thanks again for making these blog pages a fun success. Merry Christmas to all....