Sunday, December 14, 2008

block up your chimneys ?



creepy #68: warren publishing, 1975.


bronner's christmas wonderland.

"world's largest christmas store, frankenmuth, michigan U.S.A."


"Frankenmuth, Michigan, is the home of Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland. Bronner's, a fascinating year-round attraction for all ages, was founded in 1945 by Wally Bronner. It has grown to be the world's largest Christmas store and welcomes more than 2 million visitors annually from throughout the United States, Canada, and the world. Bronner's impressive Alpine-design building, which is the size of 5.5 football fields, is nestled on 27 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds featuring delightful Christmas displays. The amazing shopping wonderland inside the building is the size of 1.7 football fields. Bronner's believes every day of the year should be a celebration of Christ's birthday; therefore Bronner's motto is "Enjoy CHRISTmas, It's HIS Birthday; Enjoy Life, It's HIS Way." "


Jesus H. Christ!

And if that is not enough to chill your blood:

"...Year-round Christmas trims adorn lampposts and grounds along Bronner's 1/2-mile Christmas Lane where every evening visitors may enjoy a spectacular exhibit of outdoor Christmas lights. A majestic, life-size Nativity near each entrance focuses attention on the Christ child's birth.

Inside is a world of singing carolers, dancing Santas, and over 700 whimsical animated figures. "Welcome" signs greet visitors in more than 60 languages. The international theme continues throughout Bronner's where ornaments from dozens of countries around the world decorate a multitude of trees. Ornaments are also available in more than 70 languages with a "Merry Christmas" greeting."

The following cautionary festive ditty I originally stubbed my toe upon over on the fabulous Probe Is Turning On The People! a couple of Christmases ago. Curiosity mildly aroused, these few telling facts were all I was able to subsequently uncover:

Paddy Roberts was born and trained as a legal eagle in South Africa, but following a stint in the RAF during WWII relocated to London and forged a career as a pilot for BOAC. A popular entertainer on the side, he apparently "held offices in the Performing Rights Society and the Song Writers Guild". He died in the UK in the autumn of 1975.

Recorded at the height of the cold war, in the wake of the Bay of Pigs, I think it safe to assume Paddy may have been an active member of the Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament.

Mere curmudgeon or idealist ? You decide.

PADDY ROBERTS: MERRY X-MAS YOU SUCKERS* from "Merry X-Mas You Suckers b/w Got n' Idea" 45 (Decca) 1962 (UK)

* Released in the US on London Records, under the title "And A Happy New Year".

OUT OF PRINT

12 comments:

Maproom Systems said...

You are illegally using my photo without my consent, and i will file a DMCA takedown request with google if it is not removed immediately.

ib said...

Consider it done, maproom systems.

You were credited within the post with an accompanying link. The picture has now been removed as per your request.

Merry Christmas.

Ramone666 said...

And may you choke on your turkey.

Löst Jimmy said...

The 'Creepy' "chiller" cover.....Wunderbar!

ib said...

Yes! I am wishing I'd opted for this pic in the first instance. Glass of mulled wine, everyone ?

Nathan Nothin said...

This illustration (little creatures were stirring...strewing bodies about) is way kooler. I thought the other pic was an advert for Bronner's Xmas Wünderlandt. At least they were rude personally & directly.

I think I got a takedown notice for my pants.

Maproom Systems said...

I apologize for having the obviously unpopular opinion that artists deserve to be compensated for their work.

Thank you for the prompt removal, and happy holidays to you as well.

ib said...

As an artist myself, maproom systems, I certainly have no argument with your inalienable right to profit from commercial usage of your work.

Given that you publicly published your work online in the first instance, however, and given that the usage was non commercial and properly credited, I must confess I was slightly bemused by your somewhat aggressive tone. The intention was merely to draw attention to what I felt was an excellent image, and to afford you a greater degree of exposure. That the usage offended you is regrettable.

I always endeavour to fully accredit third party images where possible. I am sure you are fully aware that this is often far from the case elsewhere on the web.

Yours is the first complaint I have received in that regard; I am glad you are satisfied I dealt with your request promptly and amicably.

Jon said...

You know, I think you're covered under the US Fair Use ruling. Something about being able to use images for non commercial purposes. It might only apply to things like collages.

Nathan Nothin said...

I didn't have anything further to add (except my pant are still down) but your word verification is Limie.

ib said...

It's much too cold here right now to even consider baring one's arse.

Löst Jimmy said...

Arse bearing in the Highlands at this time of year would be a foolish act of exposure in the face of ice encrusting temperatures!