Let There Be Light

The headline for the article about downtown Christmas lights was “Grande Prairie in Blaze of Light for Holidays.”  The hockey article’s sub-heading was “New Lights Made Rink as Bright as Day.”  It occurred to me while trying to decide between the two that what they had in common was how entrancing all the lights were to the people of that time.  While we are used to all the bright signs, street and highway lights, even all the lights in and outside of our homes, back then a lighted hockey rink and a main street decked out in Christmas lights were still a bit of a novelty and somewhat of an indulgence.  I especially like to picture the huge star on the old water tower, eighty feet in the air.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

The Northern Tribune ~ December 19, 1935

The Northern Tribune ~ December 19, 1935

Grande Prairie Herald ~ December 13, 1929

Grande Prairie Herald ~ December 13, 1929