Rev Elliott and his entourage of willing young singers would take off on a cold winter night to several homes in the community to sing. We had our trusty booklets in hand for remembering words to sing by...books just like these! We would would joyfully sing from house to house ,all bundled up in mittens, scarves and warm coats...but you know how young girls are..it was not cool to wear boots..and those thin stockings and "saddle shoes" ,worn in the 50's , were not the answer for keeping your feet warm! Usually after an hour of singing, and feeling like frozen pop sickles, we were ready to head back to the church for some hot cocoa and cookies...Ahhh what a welcome relief! I often think of the people we would go sing to and remember seeing the expressions of appreciation on their faces , especially elderly people living alone. There were two families that I especially remember stopping by to sing to. ...the Harks and the Chesleys. Both had situations in which a spouses were shut ins and enjoyed the company.... we would go into their homes and sing. I think these song books have would have some pretty special stories to share if they could talk!
If interesting in having these song books, they are in very good condition with normal wear for age. The Litho states 1957 and by John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, Boston Mass. Color paperback covers. They are available for sale
I have three sets of 8 pamphlets and will be posting them this week on Ebay .
I can see these being hung in a vintage tree or decor setting...or better yet, being used by youth groups out singing for the Christmas Holiday!
Added note...the winning bidder was a soldier! He wanted to gather some friends together to sing caroles for troops in the Persian Gulf. I ended up sending him the entire bunch (20) I had and thanked them for doing this!