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Christmas in Buffalo 1954

Christmas in 1954 Buffalo... As seen in the Pages of the Courier-Express!

Courier Express

This is How a Queen City Christmas Looked in the Mid-50s!

Opening up the newspaper (be it the Courier or the Evening News) there were plenty of choices for Christmas shopping in Buffalo back in the 50s...
Included on these pages are a cross-section of the places Buffalonianas would have shopped for clothing, toys, food, cars, and appliances in December of 1954!
I've also included a page detailing what folks would have been wathcing on TV (if they had one!) and listening to on radio during that month!

Okay, this is cool.... but WHY?!?!

A few years ago, I was junk shopping at the Salvation Army store. My love for weird records always takes me to that part of the store,
and that's where I found the motherlode... Boxes and boxes of old 78rpm records...Sitting in the boxes they were packed in in 1955.
But it wasn't the records that caught my eye... It was the NEWSPAPER the records were wrapped in!
Dozens of sheets of Buffalo Evening News and Courier-Express...
All from December 1954. Well, I took the papers, left the records, and this is the result.

Click the picture for a larger view in a New Window.

Adam, Meldrum & Anderson
Otherwise known as AM&A's
Three locations for these beautiful gifts...Your Christmas Store since 1867!
Always Draws Christmas Crowds!
Mom... Petticoats are on sale at Bergers! Shop til 8 on Main Street.
Try LL Bergers Downtown and Thruway Mall locations!
Flint & Kent
Since 1832. Mens' Ware in Downtown Buffalo
Shop Grants at Main and Huron
Open Til 9 four nights this week... Look for the sweaters in "Luscious Orlon."
One of many things no longer in Downtown Buffalo.
Hens & Kelly
I like the guy with the pipe!
JN Adam's..
Not to be confused with Adam, Meldrum & Anderson.
J.N. Adam was Buffalo Mayor 1906-1909.
Take until May, 1955 to pay at Kleinhan's Mens Store!
Kleinhans Thrift Basement is the place for ties!
Downtown, Broadway, Riverside
A Fire sale at the East Side Store... Just in time for Christmas!
Kresges is included here....not because it was a local Buffalo store, but because it was soon to become K-Mart!
Buy a Crosley TV... only $1.07 a week!
Shop 998 Broadway for Men's Suits!
Sattlers Toyland... Across the Street from 998! Check out the toy train for sale.
All Three Locations open late!
Sears... and Wurlitzer!
This Sears Appliance ad lists three Locations:
Main at Jefferson, Broadway at Fillmore, and Seneca at Cazenovia.
Wurlizter lists 674 Main as its store location.
The Sample Shop
Hertel Avenues Department store is now a used car lot.
Look at the 20 inch doll with "vinyl face" and "magic skin."
24 piece Lionel Train sets...$39.95.

Be sure to see the rest of Christmas in Buffalo 1954.

Department Stores
Ads and logos from all those great downtown stores you remember... Like AM&A's, JN Adam, Kresges, Sattlers, Kobachers, Kolpinski's and MORE...
Grocery Stores
Before there were Supermarkets, there were neighborhood Grocery Stores.
If you lived in the city, there were probably 2 or 3 you could walk to...Check out some of these long gone names like Mohican, Bells, Bestway, Noels, Ralph's, and MORE!
Radio and TV
Were you lucky enough to have a TV set back in 1954? Even if you didn't... Check out what you were jealous of other kids watching... And see what you listened to on the radio instead!
Everything Else
Here are a bunch of ads that didn't fit into another other group... Burnham's, Laube's Cafterias, H-O Oats, Thruway Plaza, Western Savings and more!

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