Photographs of an Early 1900's HO Scale Town at Christmas

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Mr. London’s Funeral




I know we are approaching Thanksgiving, and the Christmas tree in the square is already decorated. It’s always sad to lose a loved one this time of year. (Secretly, I’m really excited to FINALLY pull together a funeral!)

Restaurant Delivery


Mrs. Sabin takes little Daisy for an Afternoon Stroll


I am pleased with how this scene turned out. I have been unable to find a vintage baby carriage, so purchased a modern mother and child (Preiser brand), and set about making the carriage look more vintage. Many baby carriages in the early 1900’s were wicker. Most had two large wheels and two small wheels, or all four large. All I could do was paint the inner carriage to look like wicker.  The baby is really a toddler, so I had to determine whether it would be a boy or a girl. You can’t see the detail in this photo, but I gave her white fur trim on her coat, and black boots. I love the peacefulness of this scene.

Below is a photo of the original mother and child in the box, and one of the real Daisy Sabin on her sister Mary’s lap, around 1875.


Modern Mom and Baby



Mary and Daisy


Jim Campbell Bringing Home the Tree

Bringing Home Christmas Tree

Jim’s wife and daughters are gathered at the window, excitedly awaiting his arrival.  They’ve been popping popcorn in the fireplace to make garlands for the tree.

I had intended to incorporate this old Preiser farm wagon into the town after Christmas, but it seemed a natural to use it for bringing home the tree. I bound the tree with cross stitch thread, and gave Jim red mittens.

Changes in Courthouse Square

Courthouse Square

Courthouse Square

I’m always looking for details to  add dimension to the photographs of Oak Valley.   I  added a small plaza to the back of the courthouse, allowing more room for the audience to gather for  Christmas carols.  I’m debating a small hedge, or small plants, around the plaza.  I also added a statue to the park for a little more interest.   The children love climbing on it!

Pine Street Looking South

I took this a couple of months ago but never posted it.  I like the quiet winter morning view of the shoppers and various activities.

Closed Carriage on Pine Street

This is a very odd couple of drivers, but I hadn’t previously shown this carriage scene at the intersection of Pine and Main Streets.


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