Archive for December 17th, 2014



The Waxwear Computer Field Bag from Jack Spade.




The Gingerbread Ninja Cookie Kit from World Market.




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RUDYIt is hard to imagine the Christmas season without Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Rudolph has become an indelible part of American pop culture immortalized by the Gene Autry song and the classic animated Rankin and Bass television special. However, few know that Rudy was first created by an advertising copywriter to promote the Montgomery Ward department store in 1939.

This year we mark the 75th anniversary of that first appearance of Rudolph and the fine folks at Applewood Books have released a wonderful commemorative book to mark the event – a facsimile of the original Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer story with writer Robert L. May’s text and the original illustrations by Denver Gillen.

About Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Robert L. May: “In 1939 Robert L. May, a copywriter working at Chicago’s Montgomery Ward & Co., wrote a holiday story at the request of his employer. Almost two and a half million copies of the little tale about a reindeer with a shiny red nose were given away to all the children who visited Montgomery Ward stores that year. The rest is history. Seventy-five years later, the beloved classic is once again available in a hardcover faithful facsimile of the 1939 Rudolph, with original text and original Denver Gillen illustrations.”

I have to say 1939 was truly a banner year for American popular culture. Not only did Rudolph make his first holiday appearance, but the year has long been hailed as one of the finest in cinema, when classic films like Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz were released.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Robert L. May is available from Amazon and fine book retailers everywhere.