Sunday, December 18, 2005

Silver City Playset
Here's a picture of my old Silver City Playset. I found it in the closet pretty much intact, not bad considering it's 47 years old. I also found some of the cowboys and Indians that went with it. I think I'm going to use it as my mantelpiece.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Sateen Mouse
Sarah McKee sent me a copy of Dan Crowe's Christmas booklet, "The Sateen Mouse & the Calico Christmas." This is the title story from the collection. (Click on each page to enlarge.)

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

To enlarge the pamphlet pages...
Click on the page, then when the magnifying glass with a + sign appears, click it and the picture will be large enough to read.

More Kingsport Inn pamphlet pages

The Kingsport Inn
While researching a column about the old Kingsport Inn, which was located on Broad Street and was torn down in 1960 to make way for a parking lot, I came across this interesting pamphlet that the Inn handed out to its Out of Town visitors.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Electrified Santa
In the early fifties my father dragged an old discarded Santa display home from Penney's, where he managed the shoe department. He rigged it up and hung it on our front door, creating the Front Door Christmas Decorating Craze that still exists today. I've looked for that old Santa head in the basement and in a closet but I can't find it. I loved it but of course I was only 5 at the time. I loved anything with Santa. I did find this item for sale on eBay that looks a lot like our front door Santa.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

The Reverend Richard Dice plays basketball twice a week with a group of recent high school graduates and holds his own despite a half century age gap! Here are a couple of pictures from the game.My column about Richard is here.