Friday, April 08, 2016
Today's photos are from the 1956 holiday season; this first image was taken from the steps of Main Street Station, looking toward City Hall. At the bottom of the photo, carolers in Dickensian costumes attract a small crowd - they must have been singing some of the least popular Christmas songs (like "Silver Bells", man do I dislike that one). In the distance a lady appears to be wearing a choir robe, though it might just be an overcoat (!).
Here's a closer look at the simple plywood cutouts displayed in front of City Hall; the style resembles certain old Christmas card illustrations.
Say, that lady was wearing a choir robe! I guess you all owe me an apology for thinking that I am insane. I forgive you because it is almost Christmas (only eight and a half months to go). There are more singers - some of them appear to be children. I had a theory that the kid's voices were needed to replicate the squeaky sound of The Chipmunks, but it turns out that those rodents did not make the scene for another two years. Garlands adorn the Emporium, along with more plywood cutouts. I love the color and the general activity of Town Square in both of today's photos.