Wednesday, February 29, 2012


There's not much going on in the world of Christmas Music bloggery these days.  Post-Christmas lull across the blogs.  Lack-of-Winter blahs.  For those at the edge of your seat regarding the so-called Winter in Kansas City, we are at an all-time low of 3.1 inches of snow for the season.  Tornados were in the area last night, with Harveyville KS (an hour and a half from KC) getting some pretty major damage.  It's very early in the year for severe weather.

Anyway - I'm hoping to get some more Cuneo Christmas books photographed and posted in the next few days.  I don't know yet whether I'll post any non-Christmas music here this off-season.  I'm leaning more toward spreading the Christmas ripping throughout the year so I'm better prepared once the season hits.  I will need to re-stock with some thrift store runs.

So - Happy Leap Day everyone!  Do something unexpected :-)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Snow! Finally!

It took until Feb 13,  but we finally got our first inch of snow in Kansas City.  The snow arrived early in the AM on Feb 13, and left about 2 1/2 inches at my house.  No pictures, unfortunately, because I was home-bound with cold/flu and didn't feel much like photographing anything.  40's today (2/14), rain tomorrow, so snow will be gone soon.  Hope to get another snowstorm or two before the season ends.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Cuneo Christmas 1947

The 1947 edition of the Cuneo Christmas series is the second collection of stories by William Thackery.  As always, the book concludes with the Pope's Christmas broadcast.

This is the only Cuneo book that I have that is bound in green.


Title Page:


Table of Contents:


Pope's Broadcast first page:

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Cuneo Christmas 1946

The earliest Cuneo Christmas book I have is from 1946.  It is the first of a two-year set featuring stories and illustrations by William M. Thackery. 

The Christmas 1946 edition of this series featured Pope Pius XII's Christmas broadcast from December, 1945, the first Christmas following the end of World War II.

Spine (with bowl of fruit):

Title Page:

Acknowledgements by John Cuneo:

Table of Contents:

Story and Illustration:

Pope Pius XII Christmas Broadcast (first page):

The Cuneo Christmas Project

Back in December I posted about some wonderful Christmas books from the Cuneo Press.  Tonight I'm going to start a series of posts featuring the books I've acquired so far.  I've limited myself to the inexpensive end of the spectrum.  There are more in the series that I don't have that are higher priced out on the web, and there are also several years that I haven't found yet.  The older ones are, as expected, more elusive.

These are simply marvelous books.  Each year from 1942 through 1980, John Cuneo published a new edition, selecting stories to share for the Christmas season.  And, each book reprinted the Pope's Christmas broadcast from the prior Christmas.  This creates an amazing historical record.

Here's my helper in this little endeavor:

This antique iron horse bank belonged to my aunt, and dates to the early 20th century.  He will be my helper to hold the books open during the photo sessions :-)