|Dinky toy, circa 1955|
Nevertheless as you are sitting back amongst the discarded wrapping paper, with a day of indulgence ahead I thought that I would just be more than a little selfish and share a few of the Christmas presents that came my way when I was a child.
|A book I still read, 1954|
This was also the year he made four identical rocking cribs for each of my four sisters for their Christmas dolls.
They were massive affairs and each painted a different colour.
But for me throughout the 1950s and into the early 60 presents were dominated by the train set and the Eagle comic.
So there would be an addition to the big train set which stood on a converted ping pong table and took up all of a big room with its track lay out, marshalling yards stations, signals and model village. Usually this might be a new locomotive or a few freight wagons.
Alongside these there was always an Eagle annual and the odd Dan Dare toy.*
|Dan Dare from Eagle Annual nu Six, Christmas 1956|
And as you do I continue to collect a whole range of the books put out for children during the 1950s.
Of these it is the Girl which was the companion to the Eagle annual that I return to.
And that I think is enough of nostalgia for another year.
Pictures; from the collection of Andrew Simpson
*The Eagle, http://chorltonhistory.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/The%20Eagle