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  1. A vintage paper nativity in desperate need of some TLC

    There was nothing about the sad state of this beautiful vintage nativity that a few days of tender loving care couldn't fix …

     Rollover on the image above with your mouse to see the vintage version of the Five Angels Nativity, clearly in need of some TLC. Notice that the "jump" in the Magi and the Mother and Child groups is due to positioning these pieces higher for better visibility. The shift in the background is due to the addition of a missing column at right. 
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  2. A church burns and, miraculously, much of its glorious Byzantine iconography survives

    The iconostasis icons glow even more brightly amidst the blackness that is now the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Basil in Chicago. And the icon of the Nativity in the north wall where the fire started was saved as if an invisible hand had extinguished the flames a hair's breadth from Mother and Child…

     An icon and its stucco frame testify to the flames that miraculously stopped within a hair's breadth of Mother and Child. The Nativity, by Athanasios Clark, Saint Basil Greek Orthodox ...
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  3. Living Christmas 365 days a year — An American Annual of Christmas Literature and Art

    "The Annual of Christmas Literature and Art became an all-consuming passion for many years," says Leonard Flachman. It's a perfect summer day in Minneapolis, and under the shade of an oak tree former editors Leonard and Karen Walhof reminisce and leaf through Christmas Annuals that have been cherished by so many — including a young thirteen-year-old fresh off the boat from Greece…

     The Annual of Christmas Literature and Art, in the words of its founder and long-time editor Randolph ...
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  4. The Grecian Temple Nativity

    A rare vintage "theater" paper nativity in the form of a Greek temple …

     Classical columns support a pediment emblazoned with Gloria in Excelsis Deo! — the Grecian Temple Nativity. 
     Often, paper nativities were issued in many variations, but one suspects that the cell-block manger look just might be a modern addition — a new Czech edition of a rare vintage nativity. 

    Having grown up in the shadow of the Parthenon — not to mention that of ...
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  5. What's in a name? The Oinochoe Nativity

    Finding a beautiful vintage nativity is one thing; finding it in one piece — or a good name for it? — another…

     Rollover the image above with your mouse to see the vintage version of the Oinochoe Nativity — with the feathered headdress Magi hidden from view. 

     
    The original vintage ntativity: a torn, distorted and scratched Front, a Magi placed where he could not be seen. You'd think, in an economic crisis, paper nativity prices wouldn't ...
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