Winter Cuttings

What do you cut in the wintertime? This is the common theme between the two pictures that I am posting this evening. I found them a few pages apart in a scrapbook from 1960 and they just had to be posted together once the concept clicked in my head.

Of course, these wintertime cuttings are not as popular today as they were in the past :-).

Cutting Ice - Currier and Ives - Wintertime activities

The first picture shows a scene where the men are cutting ice to store in an ice-house. Today most of us either make ice at home in our freezer or buy it from the supermarket. I wonder if there are places in the US where people still cut and store ice? If there are, it is probably just to relive the old days at a living history event. I would imagine that there are still places in the world where people still cut ice in winter for use in the warmer months. Maybe I need to do a little research? My mind is wandering again.

Cutting Christmas Tree - Christmas Tree Cartoon - Winter ActivitiesI really like this cartoon. The process has not changed much over the years, but today most people will not be going out to the woods to cut a tree as they did long ago. Also, live trees are not as popular. Many people today will have an artificial tree, so the first part of this cartoon is a bit nostalgic. But, if you are off to the Christmas Tree lot you are probably going to buy a bigger tree than you planned. You will also have to make a lot more decisions than you had to in the past. Do you want it flocked? What species of tree do you want?

Are your Christmas decorations buried at the back of the attic, garage or closet? Do you have to dig them out from behind all your summer play things? You probably don’t have just one small box.

I really like the helpers section of this cartoon. Especially the little boy with an armful of tinsel and the dog with the ball in his mouth. Today ornaments are also much different. They come in all shapes and sizes, make music and blink in patterns or move around. Of course, many of the decorations are classic ones and continue to show up on the tree year after year.

When the work of decorating is all done you indeed have a beautiful sight to behold.

Frank Andrea Miller, who drew this cartoon, was an editorial cartoonist for the Des Moines Register from 1953 until his death in 1983. He won a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning a few years after he drew this one.

I hope you enjoyed these winter cutting clippings.

Steven

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7 responses to “Winter Cuttings

  1. The picture of cutting the Christmas tree reminds me of when I was dating my husband. His family had the tradition of cutting their tree from a fencerow on their farm. I helped and thought it was the most beautiful tradition. . . however, the tree they cut had lots of vines on it. There were no leaves on the vines since it was winter. I pulled all of the vines off the tree with my bare hands–and ended up with the worst case of poison ivy that I’ve ever had in my life.

  2. The cartoon is wonderful, Steven!

  3. You’re right Steven, this part of Christmas hasn’t changed too much at all. What a charming cartoon. I really admire the talent you see in the papers…easily overlooked and maybe someday soon, a lost art. Thanks for sharing it. I related to the storage issue, I had to drive back to our locker, unstack, re-stack, move around, shuffle here and there a load of christmas boxes and then finally just brought them ALL home. LOL

  4. Love decorations. We have my mom’s which are over 60 years old. They are very unique. Have some each child made in school and at least one from each grand. Love the cartoon …

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