14 December 2009

day 14: a visit to santa

From Mrs B's archives, a first visit to Santa at Wickhams of Whitechapel, a small department store with grand aspirations. My mum tells me the matching coat and bonnet were dark turquoise - amazing how she can remember every detail. I love those zip up suede boots, such sensible footwear for such sturdy legs.

I suspect the somewhat grumpy look set the tone for the run up to Christmas for years to come.

6 comments:

Rattling On said...

I didn't like that sort of thing at all as a child. Still don't. I was always very aware it was someone dressed up. I can't understand the draw of people dressed in oversized Disney costumes, either. Maybe it's just me...bah, humbug. Love the photo and the boots are fantastic- I'd wear something similar now given the chance.

Kate said...

love this -- especially the wonderful outfit and the boots -- I want a pair! They remind me of those worn by Loretta Young in 'The Bishop's Wife.'

Liz said...

Awww. I had similar boots, smaller versions of the ones mam wore. I seem to remember having cold legs, too.

monix said...

My sister and I had coats and matching bonnets just like that. I don't think we had such smart boots, though. I wonder why parents put us through the agony of visits to Santa? Every photo in our family album shows us looking miserable or terrified!

60 Going On 16 said...

I always found the whole Santa thing super-scary. The first one I remember going to see was at the old Gamages store in Holborn; after that it was Father Christmas and his jolly helper, Uncle Holly, at Selfridges or one of the Kensington High Street stores if it was a good year, otherwise it was the cut-price Santa Claus at the Co-op in Hounslow . . .

And, somewhere in the 60 going on 16 archives is an almost identical picture of little girl wearing an almost identical hat and coat, in mid-blue, made by Minimode. And those zip-up boots were so warm, weren't they? Just as well because winter meant, invariably, ice-block legs and feet and chilblains. Not to mention chapped hands.

colleen said...

Oh my! These comments have made me roar with laughter. Bring back wincyette pyjamas and flannelette petticoats, I say.