I finished shopping for the kids today, so I now have a present
each for eight children aged 5 and under. It's easy when they're so young,
but I still try to find them to suit the child. What is difficult is
finding age-appropriate stuff that hasn't been commercialized into
plastic banality, creating only plastic, banal adults.
Two of them are now old enough for beautifully illustrated
picture books. Hopefully, they will be captured by the color and line
of the drawings, entering into the world of the written word,
guided by art and design.
These pictures are of the animated window displays from the old
L.S. Ayres & Company Department store, which was located
at the corner of Washington and Meridian Streets from 1905 until
it was closed in 1990. Along with this display, furniture and decor
from the Ayres' Tea Room was kept and re-created
in the Indiana State Museum. During the Christmas season,
one can enjoy the store's displays, Christmas train and
the Tea Room's famous Chicken Velvet Soup.