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Visions of St Nick in Action

December 24, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Merry Christmas, everyone!

Above is the cover of a diorama Christmas book published in 1950 by Phillips Publishers, Inc. The editor is Louise Dyer Harris. The actual book opens so that the front and back cover can be joined, leaving the images inside open as dioramas.  Of course, they appear here in 2 dimensions, so you will have to imagine the three layers the images open up as.

The book is now 66 years old and shows the effect of time. I photo shopped them to remove some of the imperfections and added an old frame effect to help make their presentation more pleasing.

This book decorated my family home when I was growing up and is one of my favorite Christmas time memories. I hope you enjoy this nostalgic look at the past. It is a far cry from today’s 3D printers, now being used to make Christmas decorations!

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Santa’s Castle at the North Pole

Children dream at Christmas

Of Teddy Bears that talk

And wake them from their sleeping

To take a magic walk.

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Santa’s Workshop

Visions of old Santa

Fill each Sleepy Head, —

Dolls and elves and engines

And sailboats painted red.

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St. Nick and his Reindeer

Who can that be coming?

Reindeer and a sleigh

Dashing over roof-tops!

St. Nick is on his way!

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St. Nick’s Visit

Children dream and hope

For Christmas trees and fun,

Candy and surprises

And gifts for everyone.

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Tired Santa Back Home

They dream of good old Santa,

A talking Teddy Bear,

Till, waking up, it Christmas!

It’s Christmas everywhere!

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October Haiku II

October 26, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Clear October night

Dew drops dancing in the wind

Unbounded moonlight

Derby Haiku

May 8, 2016 § Leave a comment

Derby Hat

Kentucky Derby

Winners and also-rans spent

Hats covered with mud.

Valentine’s Day Haiku

February 14, 2016 § Leave a comment

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The winter crocus

Beneath an old apple tree

Never asks for rain

Star Angel

December 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

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First this way, then that

I wander. Then, “How wondrous!

One star. No more doubt.”

Haiku V

November 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

All The Stars Appear 2

All the stars appear

When a single heart opens.

Boundless, empty space!

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