Christmas Pictures

Sep 8, 2013 by

Christmas Pictures by Edmund Dulac originally published in 1922 is a great book to flip through if you would like to get in the holiday spirit.  It has been out of print for quite a while but has now been republished. This is an exact reproduction from the original book. I loved looking at these old time drawings artwork for Christmas. Very unique and captivating drawings made by children aged 6 to 16. Here are a few words from Mr. Dulac’s introduction: “We have all been brought up with the superstition, that efficiency in drawing and painting is the privilege of a few adults, that it can only be achieved after a long and arduous struggle, and by means only revealed to an intellectual oligarchy. From time to time, however, the performance of some...

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Weaving with Paper Rope

Sep 4, 2013 by

Weaving with Paper Rope by Dennison Manufacturing is another of their unique books first published in 1922. And just what is weaving with paper rope? It is making rope out of wire and crepe paper!  This nifty little book explains how to wrap crepe paper around wire to make rope you can weave baskets, decorations, streamers, and even costumes. This is a very unique and clever old trick from the early 1900’s for party decorations and other unique arts and crafts. BUY this BOOK...

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Dennison’s Bogie Book: A 1920 Guide for Vintage Decorating and Entertaining at Halloween and Thanksgiving...

Aug 31, 2013 by

What a great find for the holidays!  This is an exact reproduction of the original DENNISON’S BOGIE BOOK originally published in 1920. This Bogie Book features the following ideas with suggestions for planning, decorating and preparing a party that won’t soon be forgotten: a lively home Halloween party; card party on October 31; planning refreshments for the party (including menu and beverage ideas); business girl’s halloween party; a dinner dance; supper at the club on Halloween; decorations for school hall, club or parish house; Halloween games including the cup of fate, matrimonial race, ghostly fate, witch’s cats, blindfolded partners, spinning the web of fate, apple ten pins, ghostly lites and more; a fabulous rhyming interactive ghost story; costume ideas (for plans and instructions for costumes, please see our Dennison Costume books); decorations for harvest...

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Dennison’s Christmas Book (1921)...

Aug 31, 2013 by

Originally published in 1921, this Dennison’s Christmas Book (IN COLOR) is filled with vintage Christmas and New Year’s celebration ideas including: Around the Home Table, For the Children, Christmas in the School Room, Church Decorations, Children’s Party, Bazaar Booths, Gift Wrappings, Christmas Games, New Year’s Eve “Bridge Luck” Party, Gathering of Old Friends, New Year’s Eve at the Clubhouse, Sailing Into the New Year, Noisy Welcome for the New Year, Helpful Instructions. Centerpieces, favors and novelty suggestions and ideas fill this book as well as amazingly creative displays of festooned holiday-colored crepe swags and garland, decorations depicting poinsettias, Christmas trees, Santa Claus, wreaths and other symbols we associate with Christmas as well as a vast array of games and favors. Dennison’s Christmas books were a great source for party planning, each year showing different...

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Dennison’s Gala Book; a Book Giving Suggestions for St. Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Patriotic Occasions. Easter Week. April Fool’s Day and May Day....

Aug 31, 2013 by

Dennison’s Gala Book was originally published in 1922 by Dennison Manufacturing and is full of wonderful ideas for ways to get your party ready for St. Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Patriotic Occasions. Easter Week. April Fool’s Day and May Day. Includes information on how to make paper costumes, decorate booths and halls, party decorations. Here are a few words from the introduction: “This book is intended to help the hostess make her party “different” by showing her new ways to use the Dennison materials which are made especially for the various holidays. The decorations pictured may be easily copied and in almost all cases stock goods are used. Items may be purchased at stationers, department stores, many drug stores and the four Dennison Stores. The made-up articles, such as Jack Horner pies, serving...

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How to Make Paper Costumes

Aug 31, 2013 by

Back in 1922 you couldn’t just order your Halloween costume online, or pick it up at a costume stop in town. During the early 1900’s people took great pride in creating their own costumes, and often did it using crepe paper. HOW TO MAKE PAPER COSTUMES by Dennison Manufacturing was originally published in 1922 and is full of how-to directions for making your own costumes out of paper. Dennison Manufacturing was at that time THE place for party supplies and home crafts. A few words from the introduction, plus chapter titles to give you an idea of what gems you will find inside this little book. “It is as natural to think of crepe paper for fancy dress costumes as it is for table decorations or as a material for making flowers. Crepe paper...

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Christmas Eve & Christmas Day...

Dec 18, 2012 by

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day (Ten Christmas Stories) by Edward Hale was originally published in 1886 and includes the stories: They Saw a Great Light Christmas Waits in Boston Alice’s Christmas-tree Daily Bread Stand and Wait The Two Princes The Story of Oello Love is the Whole Christmas and Rome The Survivor’s Story The Same Christmas in old England and New. A few lines from Christmas Waits in Boston to give you that Victorian Christmas feel… “T ALWAYS give myself a Christmas present. And on this particular year the present was a Carol party, which is about as good fun, all things consenting kindly, as a man can have. Many things must consent, as will appear. First of all there must be good sleighing, and second, a fine night for Christmas eve. Ours are...

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Karl Krinken, His Christmas Stocking...

Dec 18, 2012 by

Karl Krinken, His Christmas Stocking by Susan Warner was originally published in 1878 is one of the most readable and enjoyable Victorian Christmas books. It includes: “The Christmas stocking — The story of the three apples — The story of the red cent — The story of the purse — The story of the two shoes — The story of the pine cone — The story of the hymn book — The story of the cork boat — The stocking’s story.” A few opening lines  get you in the Christmas mood: “Wherever Santa Claus lives, and in whatever spot of the universe he harnesses his reindeer and loads up his sleigh, one thing is certain he never yet put anything in that sleigh for little Carl Krinken. Indeed it may be noted as a...

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Old Christmas

Dec 13, 2012 by

Old Christmas by Washington Irving was originally published in 1916 and is an old holiday classic tale. Happy Holidays! A few lines from the opening: “Nothing in England exercises a more delightful spell over my imagination than the lingerings of the holiday customs and rural games of former times. They recall the pictures my fancy used to draw in the May morning of life, when as yet I only knew the world through books, and believed it to be all that poets had painted it ; and they bring with them the flavor of those honest days of yore, in which, perhaps with equal fallacy, I am apt to think the world was more homebred, social, and joyous than at present. I regret to say that they are daily growing more and more faint,...

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The Spirit of Christmas

Dec 8, 2012 by

The Spirit of Christmas by Henry Van Dyke was originally published in 1905. Included in this book are the following: A Dream Story The Christmas Angel Christmas Giving and Christmas Living A Short Christmas Sermon Keeping Christmas Two Christmas Prayers A Christmas Prayer for the Home A Christmas Prayer for Lonely Folks “THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL It was the hour of rest in the Country Beyond the Stars. All the silver bells that swing with the turning of the great ring of light which lies around that land were softly chiming; and the sound of their commotion went down like dew upon the golden ways of the city, and the long alleys of blossoming trees, and the meadows of asphodel, and the curving shores of the River of Life. At the hearing of that chime,...

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Christmas Light

Dec 8, 2012 by

Christmas Light by Ethel Calvert Phillips was originally published in 1922. A few lines from the beginning of the book for you: “CHAPTER I Naomi’s Garden It was in a little garden in the village of Bethlehem, many and many a year ago, that four scarlet poppies stood side by side and swayed gently back and forth upon their slim green stalks in the soft afternoon wind. A little girl came running over the grass and halted before the poppies. *’ How beautiful you are ” said the little girl, whose name was Naomi, and who was eight years old. She clasped her hands before her in delight, and stood smiling down upon the flowers that seemed to nod courteously in reply. This little Jewish girl had dark curling hair and gentle brown eyes....

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Christmas Day

Dec 8, 2012 by

Christmas Day by Charles Kingsley was originally published in 1886! “What ’tis to be a man : to curb and spurn The tyrant in us : that ignobler self Which boasts, not loathes, its likeness to the brute, And owns no good save ease, no ill save pain, No purpose, save its share in that wild war In which, through countless ages, living things Compete in internecine greed. — Ah God ! Are we as creeping things which have no Lord ? That we are brutes, great God, we know too well : Apes daintier-featured ; silly birds, who flaunt Their plumes, unheeding of the fowler’s step ; Spiders, who catch with paper, not with webs ; Tigers who slay with cannon and sharp steel. Instead of teeth and claws ; — all these...

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