The nativity is a story that’s been being told in one form or another since 1223, so on day eleven we bring you the three wise men…we’re not sure what happened to the rest of the nativity but unfortunately they never made it to the Museum! These three pieces are made from plastic which places them most likely in the mid to late 20th Century.
With colder weather forecast for the next few days we thought we’d better dig out our sleds to help us get around the Museum! Sledging has been a popular winter pastime since the 1880’s and so on day nine of advent we bring you these two sleds from our collection, one of which we believe to be home made and both dating from the early to mid 1900’s.
As early as the 1880’s, Artist Thomas Nast depicted Santa wearing the red suit that we all recognise today, although many people believe that it was the famous Coca-Cola adverts in the 1930’s that did away with Santa’s Green coat. We can therefore date this candle lantern to around the first half of the 1900’s and it is beautiful thing with such vivid colours. It’s made of cardboard and paper but is designed to look like stained glass once lit up.
We can’t quite believe it’s day 6 of advent already, Christmas Day will be upon us before we know it so what better time to write to Santa and let him know what we’d like him to bring us? For all the letters that Santa receives from boys and girls across the world, it’s not often that he writes back, but we found this special letter tucked inside a children’s story book from the 1950’s clearly treasured and looked after for all these years. We hope Barbara wasn’t too disappointed not to receive the violin that she’d asked for but a typewriter seems like a good alternative!
Christmas can be a costly time, but the savvier shopper may have taken advantage of the Post Office Saving Stamps scheme, saving money throughout the year in an attempt to spread the load a little more when it came to the end of year festivities. On day four of advent we bring you these festive savings stamps books featuring Princess Margaret and Princess Elizabeth which date to around the late 1940’s/early 1950’s.
We’re enjoying a nice mince pie and a cup of tea today to celebrate day three of advent (any excuse really!) Ours are shop bought I’m afraid to say but If you enjoy the tradition of baking your own Christmas treats then you may well appreciate these adorable novelty cake decorations. These ones date from the mid-20th Century but even the Victorians adorned their Christmas cakes with tin decorations often made in Germany.
Day two of advent and if you’re super organised then your Christmas shopping may be don, but you still have to wrap it all! We think this would be less of a chore with this beautiful 1950’s wrapping paper that we found in the Museum’s collection. We only have a small sample of it but it’s enough to give us an idea of what it looked like and from there we could potentially reproduce more!
With both the snow and Santa’s arrival at the Museum The Collections Team are starting to get pretty excited about Christmas so we thought, as an advent treat, in the run up to the big day we’d share with you some festive offerings from the Beamish Collection.
As many of us are starting to think about putting up our Christmas tree, these delightful mid-20th Century glass baubles seemed the perfect thing to bring you on day one of advent! We love the colours and classic vintage shapes.
This clocking in machine was thought to have been stolen in 1989… Today it has reappeared!
This machine would notify the employees when they were permitted to take breaks and leave work for the day. The clock’s chime appears to have been modified from mechanical to electronic. We are uncertain as to how an employee would clock in as it is different to other machines in our collection.