Trumbull – The Book of the Week (1) – The Great Record Mystery – October 10, 1943

In this weeks letter, Grandpa announces Lad’s engagement to Marian to the brothers who are so far from home. 

Lad and Marian in Pomona, CA

Lad and Marian at Pamona, CA

October 10, 1943


Being Trumbull’s Refuse of Refuse

Translated from the original by A. D. Guion

CHRISTMAS BOXES:      How much moral fortitude have the boys in the service? Can the Trumbull contingent resist temptation? Have the Guion draftees willpower strong enough so that they can delay opening their Christmas boxes, being sent sometime during the coming week, until December 25th, no matter how much before that date said box arrives? These are the questions that the inmates of BABBLING BROOK are asking themselves, instead of the outmoded question: “Is there a Santa Claus?” Time alone will afford the answer. To be sure, the contents of the boxes are nothing to write home about (which, following the usual custom, you will not do). We have tried to inject a little local color in the shape of certain products found locally on trees in the vicinity, while daughter-in-law Jean, has, with loving care, prepared a few toothsome bits on which you may contentedly munch (this is not a cow product add).

THE GREAT RECORD MYSTERY:     For some weeks Read’s have been advertising how thrilling it would be for “your boy or girl in the service” to receive a Christmas greeting in your own voice, and to this end they set up a recording service where, under competent supervision, one could go to their store and speak your little piece on both sides of a metal photograph record which could then be sent in one’s overseas Christmas box. Yesterday (Saturday) Howland’s announced a similar service and on my way to deliver the Liggett’s menus, I stopped in and made my little speech three times on records to go to Dan, Dick and Lad. After completing my creation the operator told me I could also use the other side of the record and rather than extemporized on the spur of the moment, I told him I would come back later after giving a bit of thought to what I wanted to say. I did so and was greeted with the sad news that orders had just come through from the War Department to the effect that such service had to be discontinued and that no records made would be allowed to be sent. Read’s had already made some 400 recordings. The only one they would allow to be sent was the one to Lad, as he was not overseas. I don’t see the sense of the ruling any more than I do some of the other queer edicts that issue from New Dealers in Washington, but there is nothing much to do about it, so that idea is bust.

Editor’s Note: I have the recording that was sent to Lad (and have put it onto a CD) and it is wonderful to hear Grandpa’s voice talking to his sons, even though only one got the message.

THIS WEEK’S FEATURE STORY:     (replacing the usual column “Advice to the Lovelorn”). So as not to spring this startling news to suddenly on our indulgent readers, mention is made that under a Stratford dateline last week the Bridgeport Post ran an item captioned “Laddie Ignores War Department”! Be that as it may, the only letter received from any of the absentees last week was one from California announcing the engagement of one Sgt. Guion to Miss Marian Irwin, or to put it in his own words: (oh, damn, I just recall having left the letter in the office). But anyway, he mentioned having been hit quite hard and when he had time to get his breath he promised to send more details. SO, you Dan and Ced, look out for Cupid! Who knows but that he has two arrows left in his quiver tagged with your names! Come on, now, who will be the next? Remember I have, for a number of years, had only one daughter and five sons and the sooner I acquire more daughters by proxy, the better, so step right up, gentlemen, and place your bets.

Tomorrow I will finish off the week with the rest of this letter.

Judy Guion


Trumbull – Guion Christmas Card – 1964 – Class of 1964 – Guion University of Trumbull, Connecticut


I believe this 1964 Christmas Card was the most ambitious card that Grandpa ever designed, and unfortunately, he passed away in September, two days after his 80th birthday, before it was finished. The Family worked to complete it and included a message that Grandpa had composed, probably years before, to be appended to his final Christmas card. When completed, it was a 21-page booklet, covering  many personal touches of Grandpa’s children, their spouses and 20 of his 21 grandchildren. (His 21st grandchild was born two years later) Consider this Grandpa’s Christmas Legacy.


ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - inside cover

March 17, 1913 was the day Alfred Duryee Guion married Arla Mary Peabody.

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 1 - Message


B.C.S., New York University

Founder and Chancellor

1884 to 1964


Once more I am faced with recurring problem of selecting a suitable

idea on which to base a Christmas Message to all my cherished friends.

This year the impact here has been so strongly on graduations and educational

achievements that my thoughts were colored in this direction and are reflected

in the idea of this “1964 Year Book”.

It will have failed in its purpose, however, if above all else it does not

proclaim my deep and abiding thankfulness in that you have filled so

large a place in making my many years happy ones.

My annual Christmas wish at this sacred season therefore, comes with

renewed hope that “peace on earth and good-will toward men” may

truly yours.


Alfred D. Guion



First portion of main building completed in 1756

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 3 - Lad, Dan and Dave


ALFRED P. GUION – Professor of Technology and Mechanical Engineering. Also conducts classes in Boating and Water Safety.

DANIEL B. GUION – Professor of Civil Engineering and Modern Building Technique. Also teaches Indian Lore and Youth Fitness. Licensed by State in Surveying, University of Connecticut

DAVID P. GUION – Director of Business Administration,. Courses in Modern Duplicating Equipment and Management.


ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 4 - Marian, Chiche and Ellie

MARIAN I. GUION – Heads Educational Program Activities, Kindergarten specialization

PAULETTE V. GUION – Language Department Head, specializing in Advanced French. Classes also in Interior Decoration and Color Harmony.

ELEANOR K. GUION – Dir., Vocational Guidance Staff. Classes in Home Furnishing and Antiques.


ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 5 - Zeke and Biss

RAYMOND ZABEL – Heading School of Applied Science, Advanced Screw Machine Techniques. Courses also in Woodcraft, Hunting and Fishing.

ELIZABETH G. ZABEL – Dir., Domestic Science Dept., Household Budget Methods. classes in “How to make friends and influence people.”

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 6 - Zabel's house


Situated in the Town of Shelton, Connecticut. Ideally located with view of Long Island Sound, within 15 minutes ride of Main Campus. Dormitory accommodations. Spacious grounds. Raises own vegetables.

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 7 - Ced and Fannie


CEDRIC D. GUION – Professor in Retail Marketing and Business Management. Classes also in Aeronautics and helicopter engineering.

FANNIE P. GUION – Professor of Applied Science. Wells graduate. Teachers Archaeology. Health Director.

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 8 - Ced's house

KEENE (New Hampshire)  CAMPUS


In the storied Monadnock Mountain region near Keene, New Hampshire, offers students a bracing climate and ample facilities for hiking, picnicking and mountain climbing.

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 9 - Dick and Jean


RICHARD P. GUION – Dir. of Manual Training Department. Conducts class also in woodworking and child training.

JEAN M. GUION – Dir. of Home Economics Department, Heads Advanced Cooking Courses. Classes in Budget Management.

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 10 - Dick's house


Situated in the famous “Lakes Region” near Meredith, New Hampshire. Large acreage affords many opportunities for summer boating and winter skiing sports. Combines gracious living in a rural atmosphere.

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 11 - Spring Island


Spring Island

An island camp in Moultonborough Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee. Established many years ago as a recreation retreat for faculty members, students and friends of the University where summer water sports, boating, fishing and blueberrying can be enjoyed in a private preserve. Owned by the Corporation in perpetuity.

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 12 - Grandpa and grandchildren


Through the courtesy of the Raymond Zabel’s, a family picnic was held for the second year here for the faculty, students and friends over the Labor Day holiday. The above picture shows the Chancellor surrounded by ALL of his grandchildren.

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 13 - Butch and Marty


RAYMOND ZABEL, JR – Graduated from University of Pennsylvania, June, 1963. Now married to Elaine Ventresca of Philadelphia and the proud father of Suzanne, born April 3, 1964. Employed as Junior salesman by Congoleum-Nairn. living in Youngstown, Ohio.


MARTIN ZABEL – graduated June 1964 from the University of Connecticut. Now working to save money for post-graduate work in economics.

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 15 - Arla, Doug and Judy


ARLA D. GUION – Graduated Trumbull High School in June, 1964. Enrolled University of Bridgeport, Junior College, for two-year course for Medical Secretary, Associate in Arts Degree, Commuting from Trumbull.

DOUGLAS A. GUION – Graduated Trumbull High School, June, 1964. Working at E. Kurtz & Sons, Trumbull. May be leaving soon to enter one of the Services.

JUDITH A. GUION – graduated from Trumbull High School in June, 1964. Enrolled in freshman class at Central Connecticut State College, New Britain, Connecticut, 4-year course in Elementary Education specializing in Kindergarten and leading to B.A. Degree. Living on campus during week, home week-ends.

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 15 - Greg, Cedric, Arla Z., Lynn and Michele


GREGORY A. GUION – Entering Senior Class in Trumbull High School, College Course.. Interested in sports, especially baseball.

CEDRIC V. GUION – Entering Senior Class in Trumbull High School. Works summer in construction.

MARIAN LYNN GUION – Entering Junior Class in Trumbull High School, College Course. No definite plans

ARLA ZABEL – Entering Freshman year in Shelton High School, College Course. No definite plans for the future.

MICHELE d. GUION – Entering Freshman year in Trumbull High School, no definite plans for future.

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 16 - Wendy, Suzanne, Bruce, Marilyn, David and Art


SUZANNE GUION – Age 11 Attending Junior High School in New Hampshire.

WENDY S. GUION – Entering Eighth Grade in Middlebrook Junior High School. Age 13


MARILYN R. GUION – Age 9, Attending Grammar School in New Hampshire.

BRUCE R. GUION – Age  10, Entering Fifth Grade in Daniels Farm School.

ARTHUR C. GUION – Age 7, Attending Grammar School in Keene, New Hampshire.

DAVID P. GUION, JR. – Age 6, Entering First Grade in Daniels Farm School.

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 19 - Gary, Robin, Jeffand Neil






ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 20 - Travelinquents


1954  –  Arla Guion to Calais, France, visiting her French grandparents.

1960  –  Arla, Judy and Douglas on bus tour to Washington, D.C. and Mount Vernon, Virginia.

1961  –  Gregory and Cedric on bus tour to Amish country – Lancaster and Hershey, Pennsylvania.

1962  –  Martin to Yucatán (Chichen Itzo) Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rico, Grand Cayman and Miami.

1962  –  Cedric, Michelle and Wendy to Québec, Montréal, St. Lawrence Seaway Canal and Fort Ticonderoga.

1963  –  Douglas by plane to Copenhagen, Germany, Switzerland, France, Holland, England and Scotland.

1964  –  Arla Zabel and Lynn Guion on New England bus tour, to Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Provincetown, Plymouth, Salem, Boston.

1964  –  Sue and Marilyn to Maritime provinces of Canada, including New Brunswick, Fundy National Park, Nova Scotia and Prince                           Edward Island.

Publishers note: The “Chancellor” went along on most of the strips and bore all the expenses of every one of them.

ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - pg. 21 - Business Staff


ADG - 1964 Christmas Card - back cover - Final message

On September 13, 1964, just two days after his 80th birthday,dad passed peacefully onto the great unknown. As he was already working on this “Year Book” Christmas message to you, and because we knew he would have wanted us to, we have decided to publish it.

Also, among his effects, we found this additional message which he intended to be his final message. We send them both along to you.

                                                                                                                                                                          The Guions

When you receive this card I shall have faded into the mysterious silence of eternity.

In my annual Christmas greetings for the last several years I have striven each year to create something a bit out of the ordinary and in this, my final message, I want to adhere to the same tradition.

It is difficult to tell another what the heart feels. Man is inarticulate in the presence of deep emotions and profound truths. He can feel the verities but cannot express them. Yet at the imminence of approaching departure one can sense part of the meaning behind the experience we label “life”.

Everyone in his earthly journey has passed through periods of storm and sunshine, gloomy nights and glad some days. Among the latter were gratefully numbered those little human contacts, pleasant words and kindly deeds that have made me want to remember you and tell you so at that recurring season of open hearts and good-will, known as Christmastide.

I have felt that as I approach the inevitable day and realize I cannot wait around indefinitely to see the fruition of all the wonderful achievements of science, medicine, atomic power, outer space, etc., or the blossoming into flour of all my promising grandchildren, that the kind the father of us all grass my hand and with a friendly smile says: “Come, little man, you had a busy day. It’s bedtime now. Put away all your toys till tomorrow, and then when you awake to a bright new day there will be awaiting you delights and wonders far beyond your fondest dream. All your playmates will be there too, so say “good night”, and happy dreams.” In a recent book there is told the story of an Indian isolated in the California Hills, the last of his race, who, driven by starvation, wandered into the world of the hated white man who fed and cared for him and learned the ancient unwritten philosophy of life and death of his people, as expressed in the following lines:

When I am dead cry for me a little. Think of me sometimes, but not too much.

It is not good for you or your wife or your husband or your children

to allow your thoughts to dwell too long on the dead.

Think of me now and again as I was in life at some moment which is pleasant to recall.

But not for long. Leave me in peace as I shall leave you, too, in peace.

While you live let your thoughts be with the living

It’s been a good long day in my case and I’m happier for having known you.

                                                                                                             Alfred D. Guion

Trumbull – Guion Christmas Card – 1963 – City Trust Company


ADG - 1963 Christmas Card - Envelope and message

A Christmas “Gift of Money” Envelope

In this joyous season, along with jolly Santa clauses, gaily bedecked Christmas trees, resplendent Reeves of for her and Holly, holiday lighting on streets and in stores, the banks and a practical touch with their ‘Christmas Clubs’.

In a grandfather’s eyes there is a more idealistic and personal form of Christmas club which far transcends the dollars and cents variety.

In my greeting to you this year, tying the two together is my way of proudly displaying the ‘decorations’that make this season a 20-fold (count ’em) blessing to me.

To a valued friend like yourself I am hoping some of my reverent appreciation will carry over to you in a generous share of Christmas good-will that thoughts of you always bring to mind.


Al Guion

Lad and Marian’s children

ADG - 1963 Christmas Card - Douglas Alfred Guion - front and back

ADG - 1963 Christmas Card - Judith Anne Guion - front and back (2)

This one is me.



ADG - 1963 Christmas Card - Gregory Alan Guion - front and back

ADG - 1963 Christmas Card - Marian Lynn Guion - front and back

Dan and Paulette’s children

ADG - 1963 Christmas Card- Danielle Arla Guion- front and back

ADG - 1963 Christmas Card- Cedric Van Laere Guion - front and back

ADG - 1963 Christnas Card - Michele DeClercq Guion - front and back

ADG - 1963 Christnas Card - Wendy Senechal Guion - front and back

ADG - 1963 Christmas Card - Bruce Robert Guion - front and back

ADG - 1963 Christmas Card - Jeffrey Lee Guion - front and back

Ced and Fannie’s children

ADG - 1963 Christmas Card - Arthur Cedric Guion - front and back

ADG - 1963 Christmas Card - Neil Peabody Guion - front and back

ADG - 1963 Christmas Card - Gary Pike Guion- front and back

Biss and Zeke’s children

ADG - 1963 Christmas Card - Raymond Zabel, Jr.- front and back

ADG - 1963 Christmas Card -Martin Zabel - front and back

ADG - 1963 Christmas Card - Arla Zabel- front and back

Dick and Jean’s children

ADG - 1963 Christmas Card - Suzanne Guion - front and back

ADG - 1963 Christmas Card - Marilyn Ruth Guion - front and back

Dave and Ellie’s children

ADG - 1963 Christmas Card -David Peabody Guion, Jr. - front and back

ADG - 1963 Christmas Card - Robin Jean Guion - front and back

This is the picture of the Guion House in New Rochelle that Grandpa used on these  Guion Home Development Bank & Trust Bills used for his 1963 Christmas Card.  This picture of the Guion House was used by J. Marshall Guion IV  in his “The Descendants of Louis Guion, Equyer, A Guion Family History. 

The Guion Coat of Arms Grandpa used for this Christmas Card. It is different from the one that J Marshall Guion IV used in his book mentioned above. I don’t know where this one came from. I believe different members of the same family could have different Coats of Arms, distinguishing them from relatives.There actually may be quite a few Guion Coats of Arms.


Tomorrow, the last Christmas Card from Grandpa along with a Final Message he had prepared in advance.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, I’ll post Special Pictures.

Judy Guion

Trumbull – Guion Christmas Card – 1962 – An Old Fashioned Christmas

ADG - 1962 Christmas Card - An Old-Fashioned Christmas - front

ADG - 1962 Christmas Card - An Old-Fashioned Christmas - message

Remember that Christmas morning thrill, when you came downstairs and Mom opened the door to the parlor or living room and you caught your first glimpse of the Tree and all the presents underneath?

Whatever happy reminiscences these times call to mind: whatever memories they bring of a glad world crowded with friendly folks and important happenings – that is the kind of Christmas I would wish again for you this year.

And speaking of bi-going days, reproduced inside is the first page of a Bridgeport newspaper published at Christmastide in the year of my birth.

As a former advertising man, I found it interesting to note the names of some merchants who are still advertising their wares in a Bridgeport newspaper after the passing of 78 years.

Even if you have to dig up a magnifying glass to read the fine print, you will be surprised to note that the D. M. Reas of that day advertised a December 15 sale on December 26, and by coincidence another Reid John H., Conducted a jewelry business on Main Street, still being run by the same family today under the name of Reid and Todd.

So much for Christmas three quarters of a century ago. Your good-will, expressed in so many kindly ways (and it has been, you know), makes me want to hope that your 1962 holiday season may be a right glad some one.

Al Guion

ADG - 1962 Christmas Card - An Old-Fashioned Christmas - Newspaper ads

Tomorrow, another segment of the Voyage to California by John Jackson Lewis in 1851.

On Sunday, more information about the Rev. Elijah and Clara Guion and their children in New Orleans.

Next week, Grandpa’s Christmas Cards on Monday and Tuesday, then Special Pictures for the rest of the week.

Judy Guion

Trumbull – Guion Christmas Card – 1961 – History of the Christmas Greeting Card

ADG - 1961 Christmas Card - History of Greeting Cards - front

ADG - 1961 Christmas Card - Vignettes - page 1

Top: Having once undertaken to create a home-made Christmas card and being encouraged by a few kindly comments to annually repeat the experiment, one he eventually reaches the point where he is expected each year to come up with an idea at least as good as the last one; and this you will readily agree, can in time he come quite a chore. So be charitable if I slip occasionally.

For my 1961 card, son David suggested that my trip around the world might afford material for a card based on the manner in which Christmas is celebrated in foreign lands. A bit of research along this line soon shunted be off on a related topic.

Running across an unsupported statement that 1861 was the first year in which an American Christmas greeting card first made its appearance led to the idea that this year’s theme might encompass its Centennial and set the stage for my 1961 card.

The resultant facts gathered are here presented in the following brief history of the

C H R I S T M A S  G R E E T I N G   C A R D


( depicted on front cover)

On a December day in 1843 in England, an Englishman, Henry Cole, sat in his London home addressing what was probably the first Christmas card ever printed. In all, 1000 copies of this card were produced. In later years Mr. Cole was knighted.

A card for a similar purpose, published by W. M. Egley in England, for many years purported to be the first Christmas card, made its appearance in 1848.

Before that period, however, the “merrie” celebrations of the English of the Middle Ages, that have come down to us in song and story, had given place under the rule of Oliver Cromwell to more dour deportment; the Puritans indeed trying to put an end to Christmas and its celebration. Massachusetts in 1659 imposed a fine of five shillings on anyone caught celebrating.

But by Mr. Cole’s time this stern view of things was softening. Perhaps the side panels in the picture depicting “clothing the poor” and “feeding the hungry” helped to offset the convivial atmosphere suggested in the center panel. At least by 1860 throughout the British Empire the custom of sending Christmas cards was growing in popularity, perhaps encouraged by the writings of Dickens in the story of his Scrooge.

ADG - 1961 Christmas Card - History of Greeting Cards - page 2


in the year 1450 in Germany’s Rhineland the rude woodcut pictured above, actually a New Year’s card, shows the Christ-child standing in the bow of an ancient galley, manned by angels, with the Holy Mother seated by the mast.

The inscription reads: “here I come from Alexandria and bring many good years to give generously. I will give them for almost no money and have only God’s love for my reward”.


( Note misspelling of the word “variety”)

there seems to exist considerable doubt among experts as to when the Christmas card made its first appearance in this country.

At least the one reproduced above, while bearing no identifying date, is a very “early” card and may have been the one referred to as having made its debut in 1861. R. H. Pease, whose name appears in the picture, was an engraver and lithographers of Albany, N.Y.

ADG - 1961 Christmas Card - History of Greeting Cards - page 3


By the “father” of American Christmas Cards

Lewis PRANG, a German immigrant, penniless when he came to this country in 1850, did more than anyone else to popularize the custom of sending Christmas cards.

By 1860 Prang was running 45 presses in his shop for the production of small artistic picture cards. His colored art reproductions were selling abroad as well as in this country.

Then came a day in 1874 when a new idea was born. A woman employee suggested that the words “Mary Christmas” be printed on small decorated cards. He experimented with his British customers first and the next year tried out the card on the American public. Five years later he was turning out 5 million cards a year and employing 300 people. Even today Prang’s satin and plush cards with their silken tassels and fringe are eagerly sought by collectors and librarians.


Each Christmastide I have an “address Book Party” – – All on myself.

what a heartwarming experience it is to go over one’s Christmas card list! Here in recollection pass by ones closest and most intimate friends, without whom life’s path would be dull and gray. Remembrance of them brings a warm glow to the heart and calls to mind many kindly act and friendly associations – memories of the days that are no more, old friends we seldom see but whose yearly greetings are one more link in the golden chain that binds us to the past.

Here are names of some we have not seen for years and we sometimes wonder what useful purpose is served by keeping them on our list; but so precious a thing is friendship and so strong the feeling is sentiment that we are reluctant to make deletions from our list.

So, if through the intervening months our pen seems in active please consider this, today’s seasons greetings, and accumulation of much good-will and affection at this blessed season from,

One of your old well-wishers,,

AD Guion

ADG - 1961 Christmas Card - History of Greeting Cards - back

Tomorrow, another Christmas Card from Grandpa. On Saturday, the next installment of the Voyage to California by John Jackson Lewis in 1851.

On Sunday, information on Rev. Elijah and Clara’s family life in New Orleans.

Judy Guion

Trumbull – Guion Christmas Card – 1960 – VIGNETTES OF LIFE

ADG - 1960 Christmas card - Vignettes of Life - opening

Wayward Donna succeeded in completely wrecking grandpa’s Florida trailer but spared the New Hampshire Island retreat at Lake Winnipesaukee.

ADG - 1960 Christmas Card - Grandpa Arrives Home From Florida

ADG - 1960 Christmas Card - Lad and Marian

Lad, Marian and four children (two now teen agers) are each helping to make the world a better place in which to live.

Notes – the name “FROUGE” on the flatbed and the steam shovel our references to Lad’s work for the Frouge Construction Company as a large Machine Mechanic. The sign in the upper right states, “to Marian’s Kindergarten School”, which she’s set up in our church because the town did not provide kindergarten classes. The two children on the right, watching, are my twin brother and I. The boy on the scooter, carrying a baseball bat, is my younger brother who was an accomplished baseball player, and my little sister is riding her bike. 

ADG - 1960 Christmas Card - Dan and Chiche

Dan continues to take engineering problems in his stride with time to spare to join Chiche (Paulette)  in community activities, P.T.A., etc., along with caring for five active youngsters. You can see Dan has sights set on new subdivision expected in May.

Notes: Dan is shown using the equipment he regularly uses as a surveyor, his wife is bringing him a hot lunch, reference to her abilities in the kitchen, each of the streets are named after the four children they currently have and the “new subdivision” references a fifth child due the following May.

ADG - 1960 Christmas Card - Ced and Fannie

Ced and Fanny have started on a new life and business in Keene, New Hampshire. The future looks bright for little Artie and Neil and their devoted parents.

Notes: the large helicopter and the name “Sikorsky” on the right reference where Ced had been working, the two smaller helicopters are emblazoned with the names of his children and “UNITED RENT-ALL” is the name of the business he and wife Fanny have started in Keene New Hampshire.

,ADG - 1960 Christmas Card - Dick and Jean

Notes: “Scott & Williams Knitting Machines” is where Dick works in Meredith, New Hampshire, not far away from our island on Lake Winnipesaukee. Jean is pictured with their two daughters.

ADG - 1960 Christmas Card - Biss and Zeke

Notes: this picture has Biss picking Zeke up at work from the Singer Sewing Machine Company with both boys and their sister in the back seat.

ADG - 1960 Christmas Card - Dave and Ellie

Notes: Dave, Ellie and their son are standing outside the Remington-Rand Company, where Dave works and are looking at a billboard announcing the adoption of their baby daughter.

ADG - 1960 Christmas message from Grandpa


To paraphrase a well-known verse;

“The world is so full of serious things

We should all now try to be happy as kings”

– – not that I believe the few remaining monarchs still enthroned these days are particularly happy, but it would seem worthwhile to forget for a moment the world tensions and crises and take time out to view our own little family circle activities in a lighter vein.

So in a spirit of good-willto all, I offer this family review believing you will discern between the lines a sincere hope – – a personal wish – – that this sacred season for you may be a truly joyous oneof peace and contentment within your own family circle. The older I get the more important such things seem to be.

AD Guion

ADG - 1960 Christmas Card - Santa

I’ll finish out the week with two more unique Christmas Cards created by Grandpa.

Judy Guion


Trumbull – Guion Christmas Card – 1959 – A Trip to Africa

ADG - 1956 or 1957 Christmas Card - Africa - cover

ADG - 1956 or 1957 Christmas Card - Africa Trip - inside cover

(On preceding page is a view of Pretoria looking westward through one of the arches of the government buildings)

Inherent in Christmas is the spirit of goodwill.

It prompts the sending of greeting cards to those who we especially cherish. It disregards all color lines and geographical boundaries. It underlies our whole Christian faith.

So, now that I have returned from a visit to Africa – – Cairo to Cape Town – – I want to emphasize that in no place in this world where it has been so far my privilege to visit, have I found so great a manifestation of “goodwill toward men” as in East Africa, the Rhodesians and the Union of South Africa. It abundantly manifests itself at slightest opportunity in courtesy, sincerity, honesty and cheery on selfishness. “White Africa’s” Christmas spirit, prevalent here the year ’round, is an outstanding memory I bring back from my five months’Safari among these friendly folks “down under”.

ADG - 1956 or 1957 Christmas Card - page 1

All my life I have had an urge to travel. But bringing up six children through two world wars and depressions, fulfilling business obligations, etc., All have conspired to make time and money for travel unavailable until arrival of the “calmer year”.

A trip to England and the continent in 1954 encouraged a more ambitious trip to Africa this year; but “Why Africa?” Is  frequently asked. the mountain climbers answer, “because it’s there” is as good as any.

As a confirmed freighter traveler I left New York January 20 on a new region ship making its maiden voyage to the Persian Gulf – – first stop Genoa, Italy. Black line shows route from Cairo to Cape Town.

ADG - 1956 or 1957 Christmas Card - page 2

(Top Note): My camel driver, on the short ride from hotel to the Sphinx of the great pyramid, confided to me that his beast was “the real McCoy – – his name Pepsi Cola”.

(Bottom Note): The Great Mosque of Cairo as seen from the Citadel. Cairo, Africa’s largest city, the metropolis of the Nile, traces its origin not to the ancient Egyptians but to Arab invaders.

ADG - 1956 or 1957 Christmas Card - Africa - page 3

Flooding of a portion of the Sudan upon completion of the proposed Aswan dam may endanger this 3000-year-old Temple built by Ramses III, — “Farrow of the Exodus”. Notice the small carved figures between his feet, depicting wives – – quite unimportant factors by ancient Egyptian standards.ADG - 1956 or 1957 Christmas Card - page 4

A Maasai lion killer wearing headdress made from the main of a lien indicates he has killed a lion with his own spear. Designs on Shield designates hunters clan. These are one of the fiercest tribes in Africa.ADG - 1956 or 1957 Christmas Card - Africa - page 5

A plane flight over the equator from Khartoum in the Sudan brought me to Nairobi in Kenya (pronounced Kenya). While within just a few miles of the equator, the city enjoys ideal “June” weather because of its 5500 foot elevation. A superior grade of coffee and Sissel fiber for twine, mats and bags are important products of this region.

The much-publicized amount now troubles caused by a comparatively few of the fanatic native population a few years ago have now been practically wiped out. Ports in American newspapers of native unrest in Africa I believe are greatly exaggerated, as also reports in African papers of our own Little Rock troubles.

These boys are not worrying about it.

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One of the charms of Victoria Falls is its unspoiled natural beauty. No hot dog stands, motels or souvenir shop Mart its appearance.

It was discovered by David living stone in 1855 and probably looks today just as it did then. It is more than a mile wide and from 256 to 343 feet high – – from 2 to 3 times the size of Niagara it is said to be the only place in the world where one can see a rainbow by moonlight when the moon is full. The rising cloud of missed make taking photos difficult except at low water. Readers of Rider Haggard’s books will be interested to know that the scene of his King Solomon’s Mines was located nearby.ADG - 1956 or 1957 Christmas Card - Africa - page 8

“treetops”, situated on the perimeter of a huge game preserve, was where I watched from a 50 foot balcony of heard of 32 elephants dispute with a single ornery rhinoceros possession of a combination salt lick and waterhole. The elephants, while exhibiting no fear, concluded it was not worth battling the ugly, cantankerous rhino, so they all stood in a semi circle for perhaps an hour watching the interloper take possession of their salt lick, until, with a snorting contemptuous departure, he strolled off to allow his bigger cousins to resume their interrupted feast. The other animals gathered here, baboons, wart hogs, water buffalo, wildebeest, all accorded the rhino a healthy respect and gave him plenty of room.

Here also at Treetops in 1952 was in acted a modern fairy story. The van Princess Elizabeth and her husband Philip stayed overnight to view the wild animals. Next morning a royal messenger arrived announcing that her father, the King, had died overnight and she had awakened to find herself Queen Elisabeth of England.

Incidentally, a few years later the mom mouse burned treetops, later rebuilt as pictured.ADG - 1956 or 1957 Christmas Card - Africa - page 9

Lake Tanganyika is said to be the longest lake in the world. Assuming it to be situated in the U. S., with one and in Bridgeport (Connecticut) it would find the other and halfway down the coast of North Carolina

On the two day journey from Kigoma to Moulunga the shore on both sides was visible on clear days.

Lake steamer on which I traveled was built in Germany before World War I, dismantled in pieces small enough to be transported through the African jungle on the backs of natives and reassembled on the shore of the lake. When, during the war, things were going poorly for the Germans, they thoroughly greased it and sunk it in the lake so that just the tops of the smokestacks showed above water. There it remained for four years. By treaty at wars and written acquired the territory, the boat was raised and reconditioned and these same engines were used to propel me to my destination.

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A Zulu village which I visited about a days bus ride from Durban, consisted of six kraals (the chief had six wives) . Each wife has her own round hot or kraal (pronounced crawl).. The chief himself as we arrived was washing his feet from a quart size tin can. This fact did not seem to bother him nor his wives who seemingly had no urgent domestic chores. Everyone, including a horde of youngsters, soon lined up and went through several native dances, even the two-year-olds taking part, while a puppy to goats watched nonchalantly from the sidelines.

A chief, I am informed, can acquire a good-looking wife for 20 cows, holier ones for as low as 60. Quite some negotiations are necessary before the headman can acquire a wife. Her family are all called into conference – – uncles, aunts and even grandpa gets into the act. The girl herself has little to say in the matter.

If after the lapse of two years however, there are no little Zulus running around, the girl isn’t back to her folks and efforts made to get the purchase price back, often unavailingly.

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Both Johannesburg (Jo-Burgfor short) and Durban, judged by American standards, are prosperous and progressive cities. Woolworth stores, supermarkets, frozen foods, etc., rank them ahead of most European cities in this respect. The people one sees on the streets are stylishly dressed, neat and clean looking – – one might indeed think he was on Fifth Avenue in New York.

American autos are numerous – – Chevys seem most popular and gas stations are almost exclusively Socony, (While Lad was in Venezuela, he worked for the Socony-Vacuum Oil Company)  Atlantic  (He had an Atlantic Service Station in the middle of Trumbull)  and Shell, with their familiar signs. Highway markings – – solid and dotted white lines are the same – – the only difference being that everyone here drives on the wrong side of the road.

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Here are a few statistics which may be interesting.

Total time of trip, one for one days

Average cost, $15 per day

Freighter service excellent but not recommended for those who must rely on tight time schedule.

The Orient still remains to be explored. Perhaps someday I may qualify as a seasoned world traveler.

A frequent site in Africa is the huge aunt Hills. This spire in Kenya was 35 feet high when the picture was taken. Some tribes relish aunts as a delicacy.

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Judy Guion