A Christmas Extravaganza on the Radio

Many adjectives are used in this article to describe the Christmas Day radio programming being planned by the Canadian Radio Commission – unheard of, daring, thrilling.  It was to begin with the Christmas message from King George V.  There would also be choirs, interviews, and stories from across Canada, requiring the services of over 1000 people and technicians and using 32 000 miles of wire.  I wonder if it lived up to this report.  As a sign of our times, I looked and you could actually listen to King George’s speech on YouTube.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

Grande Prairie Herald ~ December 20, 1935

Grande Prairie Herald ~ December 20, 1935

Taking Matters Into Their Own Hands

Grande Prairie's main street showing businesses lining both sides and a hose and wagon disappearing down a rutted snow path. (ca. 1930)

Grande Prairie’s main street showing businesses lining both sides and a hose and wagon disappearing down a rutted snow path. (ca. 1930)

This news item from the December 24, 1931 paper tells about an initiative of the Grande Prairie businessmen to have the road cleared all the way to Beaverlodge.  There had been a lot of blowing snow, and apparently parts of the road were drifted in, making them impassable.  I think it likely that getting people into town to shop at their stores would have been one reason for this unusual measure.

We’ll end our postings for this year with an ad from the same paper, with Christmas wishes to all.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

Grande Prairie Herald ~ December 24, 1931

Grande Prairie Herald ~ December 24, 1931

Grande Prairie Herald ~ December 24, 1931

Grande Prairie Herald ~ December 24, 1931

An Important Part of Christmas: The Stocking

Mary Jean, David,and Jim Carlisle in front of the fireplace at Christmas, 1939

Mary Jean, David,and Jim Carlisle in front of the fireplace at Christmas, 1939

This short article about Christmas stockings will likely bring back lots of memories.  One purpose the stocking served, I think, was to keep the kids busy for a while when they had wakened a bit earlier than their parents would like.  I have heard many people say that the stocking stuffers are the fun part.  So the admonition “not to allow your grown-up feelings to interfere with the Christmas stocking” is as appropriate now as it was in 1931.  The Christmas ads, especially in the very early papers, were quite appealing, I thought, so I have included one from 1921.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

Grande Prairie Herald ~ December 20, 1921

Grande Prairie Herald ~ December 20, 1921

Grande Prairie Herald ~ December 24, 1931

Grande Prairie Herald ~ December 24, 1931

Christmas Shopping

 

Buffalo Lakes Store c1950 Tiemen fonds

Buffalo Lakes Store c1950
Tiemen fonds

 

We have become accustomed to seeing stores putting out Christmas goods before Hallowe’en is over, and we all know people who have their “Christmas shopping” done even before that. I wondered when people in the old days started getting serious about Christmas shopping. While I did notice a few ads in the paper in mid-November, the ads started appearing seriously at the beginning of December. The fact that the Herald was a weekly newspaper meant that merchants had only 4 or 5 papers to advertise their Christmas items, and that every paper in December had a large number of ads. In 1935, the November 29 issue of the paper carried an editorial-like piece on the front encouraging people to shop early. That article and a few of the ads from that Christmas season are reproduced here.Blog - Nov 27 - 1 Blog Nov 27 - 5 Blog Nov 27 - 2 Blog - Nov 27 - 3Note the “If you want to kill your wife use a club, not a tub” mention in this ad above.
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