Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Santa Arrives at O'Neil's – Nov. 29, 1963
The ad above illustrates it pretty well. The ad – which ran on Thanksgiving, November 28, 1963 – announces Santa Claus' arrival by helicopter the very next day, as well as the other well-known O'Neil - Sheffield Shopping Center Christmas attractions, including the Talking Christmas Tree.
As a kid, I don't think I ever warmed up to the holiday tradition of chit-chatting with a Christmas tree – especially one that you weren't entirely sure was going to answer. Besides, there really was no story or TV show that included the gabby tree (unless you want to include the tree in Hans Christian Andersen's story, and he came to a sad end).
I've mentioned the Talking Christmas Tree before, back here and here, as well as the O'Neil - Sheffield Shopping Center itself here.)
Anyway, the full-page newspaper ad – which is 50 years old – has pretty stylized illustrations, and is quite a departure from the warm, fuzzy type of ads that you would see in the 1950s. It's almost a symbolic break from the past that the 1960s came to represent.