Thursday, December 23, 2010

It's Beginning to Look a Lot...

… like Christmas!
Ev'rywhere you go -
Take a look in the five-and-ten

glistening once again

With candy canes

and silver lanes aglow

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Toys in ev'ry store

But the prettiest sight to see

is the holly that will be

On your own front door

A pair of hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Barney and Ben

Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jen

And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again!

Photos by F.W. Woolworth Co., circa 1948-55.
Lyrics by Meredith (“The Music Man”) Willson, circa 1951.
Bing Crosby vocal imitation by You, circa 2010.


  1. Great pics! I had no idea Woolworth's had such an extensive lamp department-- the only thing lacking was a leg lamp like the one in 'A Christmas Story.'

  2. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Dave!

    (Man, do I miss Woolworth's!)

  3. The song was originally written for the score of HERE'S LOVE, a musical adaptation of MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET.
    It wasn't a big hit, in large part due to poor opened in October 1963, therefore soon finding itself in the midst of a subdued Christmas spirit.

  4. I haven't thought of paper drapes in years..

  5. Woolworth's in its prime. Good stuff!

    Merry Christmas, Dave. Look forward to more nostalgia from you throughout 2011!

  6. Whoa! There's an escalator in there! Neat!

  7. Love these colorful photos. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Dave!