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Creative Holiday Window Displays
updated: Dec 05, 2012, 11:14 AM

By Harold M

Recently I was at the Daily Grind after sundown and spotted this imaginative window display across the street. I love the way the wreaths light up the mannequin "heads" and the rope lights and floating bulbs give the display playful depth. Very tasteful without gaudy color or moving parts. I wonder whether other edhat readers could submit photos of displays they find striking.

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 COMMENT 350518 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 11:41 AM

Was driving, so couldn't take a photo, but the lights on the Century 21 office on State and Valerio were truly, eye-catchingly wonderful!


 COMMENT 350627 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 04:23 PM

It's, um, rope light. Get yourself to a big city to see real holiday windows!


 COMMENT 350737P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 08:54 PM

627, the OP stated they liked the displays because they WEREN'T gaudy or mechanical. It's, um, the LIM principle.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 09:16 AM

Looks very nice, thanks for posting. When I was young (long time ago) we always made a trip into town to see the window at Otts Hardware (where Paseo Nuevo is). Decorations at homes and in other stores weren't elaborate like now.The display had moving elves making toys, Santa, little train, etc. Can't remember everything, but it thrilled us. The huge trees in the middle of every block on State were magnificent.


 ARCHIE agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 09:47 AM

I grew up in SF. There was always a night where we'd drive around to look at house decorations, and store displays downtown, especially at I.Magnin and Gumps, or go in the City of Paris to see their huge huge taller than tall tree. To be delighted was an okay feeling.


 COMMENT 350897 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 11:11 AM

Archie...I too remember the beauty of San Francisco at Christmas. It was spectacular but does anyone remember the wonderfully mechanized window at Ott's Hardware on State St.?


 COMMENT 351181 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 08:48 PM

ALL NATIVES from the 50's do remember OTTS Christmas mechanical moving decorations. they were awesome!


 COMMENT 351833 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-08 10:09 PM

Ott's had a wonderful display, as did many stores in SF, which isn't that far away. Many of us got to see both.

We kids couldn't go into a big store until we had stood on the sidewalk for yet another instructional session with Mom: "Hands clasped behind your back, tightly, so the salespeople can tell you're not breaking anything!"

Some years later I could hear my mom as I prepped my own small one for a store visit.


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