Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Maybe He was Drunk

He was Santa’s ninth reindeer and is the imagination of Robert Lewis May. He made his debut in a 1939 booklet that was published by Montgomery Wards. For you youngsters, that’s a catalog store like Sears used to be and was a staple at Christmas since it showcased all of the toys and other gift ideas to those who could only shop by mail.

This red nosed scamp has been featured in songs, TV specials, a feature film and a sequel film. He has become folklore, and in 2014, the USPS gave him his own commemorative stamp.

Originally, Rudolph was a work assignment between Montgomery Wards and Robert May. The department store had been giving away coloring books and thought that they could save money by commissioning their own book.
His original name was Rollo, but a regional decision made him Rudolph. The first year of the publication of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, 2.4 million copies were distributed.

Story goes, Mr. May was sitting in his downtown Chicago office trying to think of a way to write a story about a reindeer while he stared at the thick fog covering Lake Michigan. The inspiration flashed red. Red would surely shine through thick fog.

We almost didn’t have the red nose when the idea of a red nose was rejected because it was associated with drunks. Once the reindeer was drawn, everyone could see how adorable he was, and that made the red nose acceptable.

We all know the song, but did you know that this rendition of the song hit the #1 spot on the Billboard pop single chart in 1949? It sold 2.5 million recordings that year and went on to sell almost 25 million copies. It was the second best-selling recording of all time until it was unseated in the 1980s. I just saw an original album sleeve tacked to the wall of a local diner that had mediocre food, but cool cowboy décor.

Sing along! I know you want to!

Here are some great gift ideas worth singing about, too.

Necklaces for Women

Tree Of Life Bracelet

SolanaKai Designs 

Russian Amazonite Gemstone Round Beaded Necklace

Dianes Dangles 

Woodland Gemstone Necklace Earrings Set

Pretty Gonzo 

Bird Locket Necklace

Treasures of Jewels 

Black Cats Halloween Dog Bandana

Sew Amazin 

Blue Green Dangle Earrings

Blue Morning Expressions 

Marriage Family Tree Wedding Gift "Two Families Become One" Wall Hanging Decor Handmade

Kevs Krafts 

Shadow Dancers, II Original 15 x 22 inch Watercolor painting by Roxanne Tobaison


Sage Green Lampwork Beads Frosted Handmade Sea Glass Etched Round 019e

Covergirl Beads 

Central St., Winchendon Massachusetts pre 1907 Undivided Back Postcard Vintage

Postcards in the Attic 

Protective Laptop Sleeve in Earthy Colors

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Green Gemstone Bracelet

Linor Store 

Silver mist Jasper Pendant with Artistic Jasper, Quartz OOAK Necklace

Kats All That 

Serpentine Pendant Necklace

The Singing Beader 

Womens Convertibles Hand Knitted Hobo Gloves Mittens with Longer Cover

Crafting Memories 1 

Green Serpentine Gemstone Necklace

Shadow Dog Designs 

Don’t see what you are looking for? Maybe you will find it in some of the following showcases or ask one of our talented artists to design something special for you.

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And even more!

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When Kittens Sing
You Better Watch Out!

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  1. Interesting that Rudolph almost didn't have a red nose because of the association with drunkeness. Am glad cute won out! Another very interesting post, Julie, and a fabulous selection of green items, perfect for Christmas gift giving! Many thanks for including my serpentine necklace. Will share the post and all items. Tasty doggie treats to Hurricane Harry from the Desert Dog.

  2. Singing along as "Rollo, the red nose reindeer." lol Such beautiful items in shades of green! Thank you for showing my serpentine gemstone pendant necklace. Pinned each and shared blog.

  3. Wow Julie this song along with the record brings back memories. Records that were always scratched, but you listened to them any way. What a beautiful collection of greens. Thanks for sharing my locket necklace. Off to share.

  4. This is great! I LOVE the Gene Autry version! lol. No wonder it sold so many copies. :)

    Thanks for an interesting history of Rudolph and for such great handmade selections. Will be sharing the blog at the usual places and pinning all the items. Tweeting too! Treats to cutie Harry from Le Gonze!

    Almost forgot - thanks for including my Tolkien quote necklace!

  5. I love reading your posts Julie! Always learn something. Thank you.

  6. Love Rudolph, always have! Thanks for including my bracelet in this lovely collection. Pinned and G+

  7. Thanks for such an informative post and we get to see so many handmade creations too. Thanks for including my lampwork beads.