No one's life is sane. It is learning how to live with the insanity that is the trick. Sure, down South, we all have our skeletons in the closet. The difference is - we open the doors and let them dance on the front porch. After all, who doesn't have a mother who thinks she knows it all, a father who knows best, at least one irritating sibling, and that weird uncle no one wants to sit by at supper. I'm not sure what "Normal" is, but whatever it is, I know I live a bit south of it.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Neiman Marcus Christmas Book - 1950's
In 1959 Neiman Marcus offered their first "Fantasy Gift", a tradition they have continued ever since. For $1925 one could purchase a Black Angus steer, delivered on the hoof, complete with a silver-plated serving
cart. For an additional $305 one could have the present delivered dressed, as 300 lbs of steaks, roasts, and ground beef.
The offering was seen as marketing genuis. Also, over the years, the cover of the annual "Christmas Book" featured designs by the best artists of the time.
The 1954 Christmas Book cover:
The 1955 cover was a Madeline-inspired design illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans.