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Sunday, December 4, 2016

pickin' and grinnin'- My best antique find for Christmas

We are upon the holiday season and I am feverishly adding things to my Etsy and Ebay accounts when I run across this little sterling baby food pusher, dated Dec. 1914 on the handle.
A baby's first Christmas gift from the year that saw the start of WWI, the first Model T car, Charlie Chaplin starring in 'The Tramp", and a little boy is born in Birmingham Alabama that will change Christmas.

Yes, that's what I said. Changed Christmas with this movie score.
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From Meet Me in St. Louis
His name was Hugh Martin and he wrote the musical score (words and music) for the movie Meet Me in St. Louis, starring Judy Garland, which included  "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
Found online this image is of Hugh Martin, Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra
Now you see how he changed Christmas! It a Christmas time standard that everyone has covered on their Christmas albums. It is a song that allows for us to feel melancholy and happy, simultaneously.

Sterling baby food pusher owned by Hugh Martin on his first Merry Little Christmas
His first Merry Little Christmas, was December 1914, in Birmingham Alabama. Among his gifts was a baby food pusher. Actually it was this baby food pusher. I found it at his younger brother's estate sale in Birmingham.

This item is currently available on Ebay here. You too, can have a piece of Birmingham and American Christmas history.

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