Grandpa, being in the advertising business, used his very creative skills to produce a unique and personal Christmas card for many years.
This is the only copy of this Christmas Card I could find. It is my Mother’s (Marian’s) and she has added the birth dates of her family members also, so it isn’t quite like the original. This includes all the birth dates and wedding dates of all the members of Grandpa’s family in 1953.
The first WANTED advertisement references Dan, a gardener extraordinaire, and his wife Paulette, who has quite a touch with Interior Designing.
Radio and TV for rent is ac reference to Biss and her husband, Zeke, who loves watching baseball on TV. Their house is in Huntington.
Apartment for Rent in Pasadena is self explanatory. Aunt Elsie wants to come – or has come – back east.
I don’t know the reference about the pant’s except that it may refer to Ced’s extremely long legs… the advertiser could possibly have been Ced’s Specialty Shop..
Don Stanley, a favorite cousin, who spent quite a bit of time in Trumbull, may be a great cook. I just don’t know.
Dealers in Marine Supplies…Auto repairs and inventions handled as a side line – refers to my Dad’s (Lad’s) involvement with the Power Squadron and boating in general, and the obvious reference to his mechanical abilities, especially in automotive engines.
FOR SALE – Farm in Holderness (NH) is a reference to Dick, his wife Jean and their two daughters. Their property was out in the country along a dirt road, with lots of wildlife.
Course in Dieting may have been intended as a joke, but Marian was always plump – Lad liked her that way – and Ellie, Dave’s wife, was quite often on a diet. It may have been Grandpa’s attempt to include every one of the adults.
The final message is Grandpa’s personal best wishes for everyone who received his always popular Christmas Card.