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joelnicol

House decorated in the 1950's!!

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joelnicol    19

Picture from our local historical society of a house in the community decorated for Christmas in the 50's.IMG_0949.JPG

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Jim Noel    18

Beautiful. Wonder how the supported the sleigh and reindeer.


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TED    98
On 1/13/2017 at 6:49 AM, joelnicol said:

Picture from our local historical society of a house in the community decorated for Christmas in the 50's.

That is totally awesome!  The old displays like that had a warmth to them that you just don't find very often anymore.  I enjoy lightshows and I like (SOME of) the advantages of LED lights, but even though they were way before my time I can't help feeling like we've lost something when I see these old nostalgic pictures.

On 1/13/2017 at 7:57 AM, Jim Noel said:

Beautiful. Wonder how the supported the sleigh and reindeer.

I think it was probably suspended by a cable (or cables) run between the trees.  It looks like the sleigh and reindeer have a slight arc in their formation which would happen with a cable because it would sag some in the middle.

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to enjoy the nostalgia!
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Don't miss the electric bills for ol classic displays. As I'm not to far removed from the classic c9 days. I'll spend $500 to 1k a year and still come out ahead. Lol


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Bill V    51

Although I've changed much of my display over to LED's I'm still stubbornly keeping incandescent lights in the display. If you like incandescent mini's, phase out the standard .32amp variety with the energy saving ones like Phillips brand energy savers. With .16amp. draw your getting twice the lighting power with hardly a discernible difference in brightness. There is a warmth in incandescent light  that just cant be found in LED's and I don't ever see myself having a display without them.

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Ed Reynolds    4

A classy display will always employ more creative design elements than just lights whether controlled by technology or not. There will never be a substitute for a Rembrandt or a Mona Lisa.

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