Union Pacific Christmas Carols: 1959

Unlike the previous two booklets of Christmas carols, this one has a date: 1959. It also has a different publisher: Osborne, Kemper Thomas, which was also a calendar printer. Each of the Christmas carols also has its own individual illustration and a brief blurb about this history of that particular carol. The last two pages have the words, but minimal music, to six carols.

Click image to download a 6.2-MB PDF of this 20-page booklet.

If this one was issued in 1959, were the others issued before or after? The only clue is on the inside front cover, which has the same greeting but adds, “May Good Health, Happiness & Prosperity/Be With You.” The addition of the words “& Prosperity” suggests this is a later booklet as Union Pacific would not want to delete such a wish in a later greeting. So I tentatively dated the previous two booklets as from 1957 and 1958.

While the booklet itself is nicer in many ways than the ones published by Garrison House, the cover is a step backwards. Instead of a picture of Sun Valley, it is just a generic albeit pleasant photo of caroling figures. No doubt this was a stock photo used by Osborne-Kemper Thomas. The back cover has a plain Union Pacific logo.

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