Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas 1923 & Happly Holidays to YOU, the HPLblog Readers !

In The Festival, HPL wrote, "It was the Yuletide, that men call Christmas though they know in their heads it is older than Bethlehem and Babylon, older than Memphis and mankind."

Indulgent in alliteration, and effusive in atheistic mockery, Lovecraft looked ahead from his October 1923 writing tablet in Providence to the yule season a few months hence to place this horrific story. But what was the Yule season sitz im leben for HPL and Providence in 1923?

I thought it would be fun to think of "kewpie" dolls, and little model Ford cars, and art deco Christmas cards for this posting. Also, a snippet from a Norman Rockwell Cover of 1923's Saturday Evening Post. I thought the cat in the window of the card (above) would make HPL smile.

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