Toronto. George Dunbar is having a great time researching magazines sold well over a half century ago. Looking at them, it is easy to see ads and articles for things familiar to me and George (and some others too) back in the day. In the 1950s Christmas was a big deal. Manufacturers and retailers went out of their way to encourage the purchase of goods not necessarily needed. LIFE magazine on November 29th, 1954 was full of such ads.
Kodak had a big spread on pp 76-7 that year offering gifts for everyone. The stocking stuffers for less than a dollar were just one selection. The marketing mavens at Kodak were bustling with ideas on how you could gift your loved ones to make it a memorable Christmas!