Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Day baby, 1939

The first baby born in 1939 Charlotte was Nancy Jean Bullock 

Check out what that lucky baby won from Charlotte Observer and Charlotte News advertisers!

(Neither paper ran a story or photo of Miss Bullock)

Holy cow - both Perry Mincey Co ads say 'first white baby'.

Super-sleuth John Shaver discovered that Nancy Jean passed away in May:

Monday, December 29, 2014

Recipes, 1966

Eudora Garrison was the Observer's food editor in the '50s and '60s. 

Here are just a few of the recipes she ran in May, 1966.
(Try clicking on a recipe a few times to enlarge.)

My mom used to make tuna casserole and called it 'Tuna David' after our last name. 
Gave it a little glamour, LOL!

Prunes 'n sour cream. The misunderstood dessert.

I hope the Davises had a nice honeymoon...

The crabmeat canapes have my attention more than the chicken...

Read more here:

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

1960s Holiday Ads

Take a look at who was advertising in the Charlotte News, December, 1965!

Oh my gosh, I had some Peter Pan records as a kid.

I got a spice rack one year. I was not thrilled.

What is that man looking at? Hmmm.

'I'm just a little black raincloud...'  I had a 33 1/3 Disney record with that Pooh song on it as a kid.

I always wanted a Girl Scout charm bracelet!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

1950s Holiday Ads

From the pages of the Charlotte Observer, December, 1956.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Singing Christmas Tree

The Singing Christmas Tree has just wrapped up its 60th year

I love this Charlotte tradition!  

Hope you enjoy the photos and Larry Toppman's story (click on the blue link).

 '85 singers form this tree -- they'll sing for you on Dec. 16.'
Staff photo

Michael Mauney/Staff

David Cupp/Staff

 'Sunday audience for 'Singing Christmas Tree.' '
Ovens Auditorium.
Philip Morgan/Staff

'Enacting one of the scenes from the Charlotte Choral Society's Singing Christmas Tree is this group, including, from left, Susan Ralston, as the shepherd; Sally Norris, Joseph; and Betty Nelson, Mary. All performances are sold out.'
Philip Morgan/Staff

'Making the list ... Miss Gail Thomas writes down the names that the elves will use to check off presents as part of this year's Singing Christmas Tree program.'
David Cupp/Staff

'Choral Society takes break during rehearsal... guild serves coffee and snacks to revive singers.'
Joy Tyner/Staff

'The citizens of Toyland have sprung to life in this 'Child's Dream of Christmas' section of Charlotte's 'Singing Christmas Tree' performance. The 'Toys' are members of the East Mecklenburg High School drama group and the 'Tree', as always, is the Charlotte Choral Society directed by Mrs. Alice Hulbert Berman.
Tommy Estridge/Staff

Michael Mauney/Staff

'Participants belt out a song Thursday night at Ovens Auditorium during a performance of the 40th annual 'Singing Christmas Tree.'
Christopher A. Record/Staff

'The Singing Christmas Tree celebrates its 60th anniversary this season at Ovens Auditorium.'

Friday, December 19, 2014

1930s Holiday Ads

Can you spot the ad that offers 'A beautiful, live Fox Terrier puppy' with purchase? 
I'm sure that went well...