Friday, December 21, 2012

Miller & Rhoads Santa - 1960s

Reader Beth sent in a bunch of great pics, we've featured some in the past. Today we have some pictures and stories of her Great Uncle, who was the Miller & Rhoads Santa from the 1960s to the 1980s.
"My Great Uncle, Arthur Hood (we called him "Uncle Woo Hoo" due to his trick of slipping out his dentures and whistling very loud so as to startle the kids at family gatherings), on Santa's lap/ in training to take over as the next Miller & Rhoad's Santa"

"Woo Hoo in his Santa costume, with his wife, Frances Hood, on his lap. She hand-sewed all of his velvet costumes. We called her 'Aunt Ditty'"

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Children mailing letters to Santa - 1930s

The Library of Virginia's Out of the Box blog has a great picture from the 1930s of children mailing letters to Santa:

Photo courtesy of The Library of Virginia Special Collections

Monday, December 17, 2012

Broad Street - Winter 1969

Broad Street in downtown Richmond, looking West, in January of 1969.

Click the photo below for the high resolution image.

Photo courtesy of VCU Libraries

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Fan Holiday House Tour - 1969

The 50th annual Fan Holiday House Tour is today and tomorrow. Here's a great poster for the 1969 tour:

Ad courtesy of The Library of Virginia