Christmas is nearly here!

Posted on December 20, 2013 | in Archives, Collections, Featured, Library & University Collections | by

In celebration of the next week’s big event, we thought we’d bring you a sample of some of the festive bits and pieces in our archive collections.

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As always, the ECA Christmas Revel provides some wonderful outfit inspiration for all your office parties – above we have a scene from the 1934 skit Picard Goes West, with Miss Nessie Sutherland playing Mae West. Below is a group of dancers in miscellaneous costumes, obviously all blinded by the camera’s flash!

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Moray house 2Now, this is what I’ve always needed for Christmas – rules to help me look good on the dancefloor. The Moray House magazine for 1937 offers precisely that, although I think a room full of people all practising their Maurice Chevalier smiles would be quite terrifying…

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The 1930’s edition of the magazine describes the dangers of dancing with the ‘sweet maiden’ you’ve had your eye on all night.

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And we end on an even darker note – a horrifying poem entitled Nativity from 1938.

Merry Christmas!

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