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Christmas: Vintage Holiday Graphics (Icons) Paperback – August 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Icons
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822845868
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822845868
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,306,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Jim Helmann is Executive Editor for TASCHEN America in Los Angeles and the author of numerous books on architecture, popular culture, and Hollywood history.

Customer Reviews

I just love this book and look through my copy pretty often.
Jinglebelle
I need to stop thinking of the nostalgic times that this book recounts, and concentrate on the reality of today which is so very much better than in those days.
A Positive Guy
A really nice book bringing backmemories of a childhood Christmas.
Nicholas Capozzi

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on November 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
The latest Taschen Icon graphics book finally catches up with the American festive season and presents a delightful collection of historical printed matter. I liked the comprehensive selection of items, cards, wrapping paper, parcel tags, consumer ads, magazine covers, photos of house decorations, sheet music covers and all in color. Historically they come from Victorian times to about the mid-sixties.

Kris Kringle obviously gets a good showing and I was surprised to see that he was depicted as a plump guy many years before illustrator Haddon Sundblom fixed his size for ever in 1932 for the first of his annual Coca-Cola paintings. Incidentally, as the drinks company has used Christmas as a strong selling point hundreds of items they have created can be seen in 'Coca-Cola Collectible Santas' (ISBN 1887432930).

***FOR A LOOK INSIDE click 'customer images' under the cover.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Fahtimah on February 8, 2006
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While I enjoyed looking at the array of graphics, and I did wallow in warm fuzzies of Christmas past, I was disappointed that most of the graphics were grainy, some cut off, and several pages of my book looked like they had been ripped by a binding machine. Still, I put it out, and people really enjoyed looking through it and smiling that smile of rememberance which Christmas can bring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mec on May 1, 2011
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i just love these books that take me back to good childhood memories. the years melt away at the familiar sights of long ago, when anticipation of the holiday to come brought nothing but upbeat, happy anticipation. this book is a mini time machine destination, much appreciated in a hectic world full of bad news.
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By maedae on January 1, 2010
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i came across this book at the museum store in one of the vegas hotel shops last year. they were 10.00 but i was so intrigued i bought 2 as gifts for others. this year when i saw them i picked up 4 and also gave then as presents. christmas ads run from the teens with sepia santa pix to the 60-70's when aluminum trees were in style. best ads are the vintage 40's.
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By Robin D. Kane on February 21, 2014
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JUST HORRIBLE! I BOUGHT IT TO CUT OUT OF, BUT THE REPRO'S ARE SO CRUMMY. THE COLORS ARE AWFUL,
BLURRY AND USELESS. THE VALENTINE BOOK BY THE SAME AUTHOR WAS GREAT, BUT THIS ONE IS REALLY
JUNK. I TOSSED IT INTO MY DONATION BOX FIVE MINUTES AFTER IT ARRIVED.
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I just love this book and look through my copy pretty often. The ads are so colorful and I just love looking a the old photos from Christmas past. I bought several copies of the book and give them as unique gifts to my friends :)
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By ephyfe on March 23, 2013
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This is a smaller book (smaller than standard 8.5x11 Inch) with Christmas ads of many different products. Some of the products I don't associate with Christmas (Lifesavers, gum, Furniture, toothpaste, oranges). There is no written information about the ads so you really just have a picture book and some of the ads aren't that great. The nice thing is that the images are vintage and they do make you think of the old fashioned Christmas days of the past.
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More About the Author

Jim Heimann is a resident of Los Angeles, a graphic designer, writer, historian, and instructor at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He is the author of numerous books on architecture, popular culture, and Hollywood history, and serves as a consultant to the entertainment industry.