Father Christmas up close

5 December 2007 by Sam

Giant model Father Christmas over department store staircase

Detail of Stewart Bale Ltd photo of the model Father Christmas in Blackler’s department store, 1958. Archive reference SB 581174-1

Did anyone mention that it’s almost Christmas? Just a few times so far this year but it is only the first week of December.

This year we’ve got some brand new Christmas e-cards on the website. The latest selection features images from the fantastic Stewart Bale archive, which is held at Merseyside Maritime Museum.

They’re accompanied by a Stewart Bale at Christmas online exhibition, with zoomifiable pages of all the photos. You could for example zoom in even closer to the photo shown here of the giant Father Christmas in Blackler’s department store. But be warned, he’s quite scary up close. Obviously designed to be seen from much further away…

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