DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Holidays on Display:
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Description of Pictures: Holidays on Display
November 13, 2009 – September 30, 2010
This exhibition examines the art, industry, and history of holiday displays across the United States, primarily between the 1920s and the 1960s, at the height of their popularity. On view are photographs, postcards, and illustrations of parade floats and window displays -- featuring Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and Marshall Field and Company's Christmas windows -- as well as objects relating to the early creation of these displays.
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SIAHHO_100212_17.JPG: Paper novelty toy chest, Marshall Field & Company, Chicago, 1925
To lure shoppers to its fourth-floor toy department, Marshall Field presented its State Street store as a voluminous treasure chest. This souvenir treasure chest contained paper cut-outs of the building's impressive facade and toy merchandise.
SIAHHO_100212_26.JPG: Holidays on Display:
Remember department-store windows at Christmastime, glittering with light and moving figures? Remember the parades that marked Thanksgiving, New Year's Day, the Fourth of July, or other holidays, when colorful floats shimmered through city streets?
Who provided those spectacles? In American cities large and small, especially between 1920 and 1960, holiday display was both a public treat and a commercial enterprise. This exhibit explores the art and industry of holiday display, focusing on parade floats and department-store decoration. For the designers and builders of these items -- and their clients -- holidays were a time for over-the-top creative expression.
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2010 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used the Fuji S100fs until the third one broke and I started sending them back for repairs. Then I used either the Fuji S200EHX or the Nikon D90 until I got the S100fs ones repaired. At the end of the year I bought a Nikon D5000 but I returned it pretty quickly.
Trips this year:
Civil War Trust conferences (Lexington, KY and Nashville, TN), and
my 5th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including Los Angeles).
My office at the main Commerce Department building closed in October and I was shifted out to the Bureau of the Census in Suitland Maryland. It's good to have a job of course but that killed being able to see basically any cultural events during the day. There's basically nothing of interest that you can see around the Census building.
Number of photos taken this year: about 395,000..
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