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Christmas Memories: Gifts, Activities, Fads, and Fancies, 1920s-1960s Hardcover – October 1, 2009

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About the Author

Susan Waggoner has written numerous books of fiction and nonfiction. She is the author of STC’s
It’s a Wonderful Christmas, Under the Tree, Classic Household Hints, and, with Robert Markel, Cocktail Hour, Vintage Cocktails, and Make Mine Vodka. Waggoner lives in New York City. 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584797894
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584797890
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thought this was probably the best of Susan Waggoner's festive season books. It's a Wonderful Christmas: The Best of the Holidays 1940-1965 looked back to the 1940s to 1960s and Under the Tree: The Toys and Treats that Made Christmas Special, 1930-1970 focused on toys from 1930 to 1970. All three books follow the same format with the words backed up plenty of Christmas photos, illustrations and graphics.

I was rather disappointed with the feel of the two previous books because I thought they looked rather scrappy and didn't display the pictures and page graphics to the best advantage but I'm happy to say that this latest edition really captures the feel of the season from page one. It starts with the 1920s and runs up to the 1960s with a mixture of reminiscences from personalities and unknown folk, details of everyday life at Christmas time over the decades, quotes from books and period magazines but I think it's the illustrations that come across best. These are taken from period ads (lots of them) catalogs, Christmas cards, photos and more (perhaps the catalog pages could have been bigger to see the prices, though). Fortunately the design of the pages pulls all this material together to make the book a pleasure to browse through.

Well worth getting if you want to relive those nostalgic Yuletide memories or maybe, if you are young enough, you just want to find out why your parents are always raving about Christmas in those simpler times.
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This is a beautiful book. I bought it as a gift for my mother, and wanted to keep it for myself. The jacket is beautiful, the inside pages are wonderful, and overall it is full of Christmas memories from the past, many of which you will want to bring back. There is even a page comparing prices Christmas items past and what those items would cost now adjusted for inflation. I ordered more after seeing it, as I would be proud to give this as a gift, and grateful to receive it.
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This book is an amazing source of all things retro and Christmas. I haven't taken the time to sit down and read it thoroughly, but flipping through and looking at the photos was incredible. Lovely examples of decorations and ads from each era, it is sure to inspire any one who loves Christmas and the Holiday season to get in the mood!
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a real fun read it brings you back to your childhood if you;er over 50 and for those younger it will show you how to really enjoy the holiday
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I purchased several of these books as gifts and one for myself. I have other Waggoner Christmas books and this one was good although some paragraphs were copies of information in the other books. The craft information is good although some instructions were not as clear as I'd like to see. The main reason for 3 stars is the pictures. They are so small as to be difficult to see detail or read the writing on catalog pages. I'm certain it is due to space limitations but, without a magnifying glass to see them clearly, the pictures don't have the impact they would if they had been made larger. One book was given to a woman in her 80's. I'll be interested to know if she liked the book and could easily see the pictures.

I'm still a junkie for Christmas books but Waggoner's previous books did have much larger but not as many pictures.
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Susan Waggoner is an author who has written many books such as It's a Wonderful Christmas: The Best of the Holidays 1940-1965, Under the Tree: The Toys and Treats That Made Christmas Special, 1930-1970, Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas: Crafts, Decorating Tips, and Recipes, 1920s-1960s, etc.

Waggoner's third book (2009) is not quite as profusely illustrated as the first two, but the information she presents is even more fascinating. For example: "Although tree lights had existed for some time, few family trees had them. For one thing, lights required electricity, something only about half the population had. And even those who had electricity often found the lights too expensive... Yet even without lights, trees glittered. Tinsel... was now affirdably mass-produced... Lametta garlands... were especially popular, and came in shades of silver and gold. Glass ornaments added sparkle... In the 1880's, Woolworth's began importing less expensive glass ornaments from Germany..." (Pg. 12)

She observes, "Two American illustrators in particular, J.C. Leyendecker and Norman Rockwell, created the forerunner of the modern Mr. Claus. Leyendecker's vision was a larger-than-life Santa, a man of large girth and undoubtedly high blood pressure, whose face was nearly as read as his suit. Rockwell... fell into step with the vision. Both men's Santas had flowing hair and beards, suits trimmed in white fur, and wide, equatorial belts...
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