In this 1951 ad for Trage Brothers Appliance Company at 7440 Madison (present day Grand Appliance), they suggest giving records for Christmas. While Mario Lanza Sings Christmas Music topped the Christmas charts this year, “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1949) and “Frosty the Snowman” (1950) were still making history with Gene Autry’s record-breaking recordings.

Jill Wagner