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Liverpool Picturebook

A site dedicated to photographs and History of old Liverpool

  1. Department store - Santa's Grotto

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Edwards View Post
    In the 20th century it became common during December in large shops or department stores to have a "cavern" in which an actor dressed up as Santa Claus would give gifts to children. Grottos can be large-walk through fantasy cavern-like areas incorporating animatronic characters such as elfs and pantomime characters. This tradition started in Britain in 1879 and then extended in the 1890s to Australian and American department stores seeking to attract customers.

  2. Liverpool Santa Dash 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Edwards View Post
    Only rarely do I stray from the path of local history and if I do, its only to report on something that's happening in the city that will probably be looked on as a favorable piece of history in the future.

    This is one of those occasions, this year’s Santa Dash took place today, December 1st and marks the 10th Liverpool Santa Dash, which has become a firm favorite in the run-up to the festive season.

    The sheer numbers taking part turned the route around the city into
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