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Christmas Past – 7 in a series – Woman’s Home Companion 1932-12 by Maginel Wright Barney

December 7th, 2019 No comments

Christmas Past – 7 in a series – Woman’s Home Companion 1932-12 by Maginel Wright Barney

Christmas Past - 7 in a series - Woman's Home Companion 1932-12 by Maginel Wright Barney



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12 Architectural Gingerbread Houses That Are Definitely Not Cookie-Cutter via Dwell

December 7th, 2019 No comments
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Christmas Past – 6 in a series – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (FREE) via the Gutenberg Project

December 6th, 2019 No comments

Christmas Past – 6 in a series – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (FREE) via the Gutenberg Project

One of my favorite Christmas stories and one that I read every year. In the past, I — along with friends — have streamed a live reading of the text the Sunday before Christmas. You’ll find links to past shows below. — Douglas

Christmas Past - 6 in a series - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (FREE) via the Gutenberg Project

Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.
The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the
undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge’s name
was good upon ‘Change for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old
Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

Mind! I don’t mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there
is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined,
myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in
the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my
unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country’s done for. You
will, therefore, permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as
dead as a door-nail.

Scrooge knew he was dead? Of course he did. How could it be otherwise?
Scrooge and he were partners for I don’t know how many years. Scrooge
was his sole executor, his sole administrator, his sole assign, his
sole residuary legatee, his sole friend, and sole mourner. And even
Scrooge was not so dreadfully cut up by the sad event, but that he was
an excellent man of business on the very day of the funeral, and
solemnised it with an undoubted bargain.

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Christmas Past – 5 in a series – The Wishbook Web

December 5th, 2019 No comments

Christmas Past – 5 in a series – The Wishbook Web

If you are looking for a deep walk through Christmas Past Nostalgia the Wish Book Web is sure to trigger many memories for you. I know it did for me, especially with these catalogs from the 1960s. I clearly remembering flipping through the pages and noting what I thought was really cool. Then I would circle the products and turn down the page corners so I could revisit them later. Check out your favorite catalog and then share your memories in the comments! — Douglas

Christmas Past - 5 in a series - The Wishbook Web

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Christmas Past – 4 in a series – A Christmas Carol (1947), Performed by Lionel Barrymore; Richard Hale [Audio]

December 4th, 2019 No comments

Christmas Past – 4 in a series – A Christmas Carol (1947), Performed by Lionel Barrymore; Richard Hale

Christmas Past - 4 in a series - A Christmas Carol (1947), Performed by Lionel Barrymore; Richard Hale [Audio]

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“Of all the roles I’ve done, the one I’d like best to be remembered for is Scrooge. It is unquestionably one of my favorites.” Lionel Barrymore, Dec. 21, 1947. The New York Times. (Interview with Dorothy O’Leary).

When MGM Records released A Christmas Carol in 1947, Lionel Barrymore had been playing Ebenezer Scrooge for twelve years on the radio. Starting in 1934, CBS presented the Charles Dickens’ classic story each year and it soon became a much loved Christmas tradition. Barrymore, in his radio debut, embodied Scrooge to perfection. As he  revealed in a 1947  New York Times interview, “I seem to shrink and an unnatural meanness of disposition comes over me. I seem to be Scrooge in body and mind.”

Barrymore went on to play the role 17 times before his death in November, 1954, and only the direst of circumstances prevented him from playing it. When his wife died in 1936 he was unable to perform, and his brother John rushed to fill in for him. He also missed the performance of 1938 when serious illness forced Orson Welles to substitute. — Library of Congress

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December 3rd, 2019 No comments

Thanksgiving in the Desert via Instagram

December 3rd, 2019 No comments

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Thanksgiving in the Desert

Thanksgiving in the Desert via Instagram

The day after a rainy Thanksgiving the clouds cleared away and the sun shone through. It was still windy and chilly but gorgeously clear.

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Christmas Past – 3 in a series – Sunset Magazine (1902)

December 3rd, 2019 No comments
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A Bartender’s Library – An Online, Searchable Library for the Bartending Profession via EUVS Library

December 3rd, 2019 No comments
A Bartender's Library - An Online, Searchable Library for the Bartending Profession via euvslibrary.com

THE BARTENDING PROFESSION has a rich and varied history that only recently has come to light during the past two decades. Vintage cocktail and distillation books filled with recipes, techniques, and management procedures are being unearthed and collected at an unprecedented pace.

For the new generations of bartenders these rare volumes, dating from the 1820s through the 1940s, are financially out of reach. However, these sources of research are crucial to career development and creative inspiration as well as to personal advancement in a profession that has rediscovered a justifiable sense of pride and purpose.

Over the coming year, we will make available free, digitised versions of these classics that you can read online and search in a user-friendly, page-through format. With over 1,000 volumes at our access, we need your help in deciding which volumes you find most important to you as a bar professional.

Read EUVS Digital Collection – An Online, Searchable Library for the Bartending Profession via euvslibrary.com



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Interior, Il Corso, El Paseo, Palm Desert, California via Instagram

December 2nd, 2019 No comments

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Interior, Il Corso, El Paseo, Palm Desert, California

Interior, Il Corso, El Paseo, Palm Desert, California via Instagram

This was the spot for our after-Thanksgiving Day meal. Amazing food and I loved the interior decoration. Up close you can tell the lampshades are made of layers of corrugated cardboard. Cool!

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