If you have read Allan Miller's current thread on the psycho-Mom in the UK who sees evil in Thomas the Tank Engine, you might understand why I went searching for a kinder and gentler era when kids were innocent and (most) parents were not stressing about Junior's fragile psyche. I grew up in Cleveland and remember the wonderful Christmas windows and train layouts at Higbee's, Halle's and Sterling Linder Davis from the late fifties into the sixties. What a thrill for a little boy. I found these great photos on the Cleveland Memory Project website. They are from 1934 and show windows of Higbee's department store with Lionel standard gauge trains. I especially love the photo of the little boy staring at what appears to be a Lionel 400E. Hard to believe that this little boy would probably be around 85 years old if he is still alive. I hope he got his trains for Christmas.
Please post any photos you might have that evoke these sweet memories. (And yes, I do realize that 1934 was in the depths of the Great Depression and that not everything was rosy; I am hoping to keep this thread "upbeat" and not become a social/political discourse on the inequalities in American Society.)