Taos Indians, Madrid New Mexico, July 4, 1930
The mining town Madrid, New Mexico became quite famous in the late twenties and into the forties for its most amazing Christmas Light Shows -- its extraordinary themed dioramas and its "Toyland" -- a Christmas wonderland built by the miners for their children. I have posted earlier about how my grandfather, Pierre Menager, an artist from Santa Fe was invited in the summer of 1940 by Oscar Huber, the mine's owner and superintendent to help with the designing and supervising of the creation of the Christmas Displays and spectacular Light show.
Fifth or Sixth Grade Class, Madrid, NM 1929
Just recently I received a CD from Pinky Werner, granddaughter of Oscar Huber of over 600 scanned family photos and documents covering the life of Madrid (and its famous Christmas Light Show). I have been going through the photos -- astonished at what an amazing little community Madrid must have been in its heyday. I will be putting together over the next couple of months some galleries so anyone interested can share in viewing these incredible photos. And of course, I will do a "Christmas Special" of the Madrid Light Show photographs.
Madrid Miners Basball Team, Madrid, NM, 1929
In the meantime, I wanted to offer a few of the photos now -- just to let you peek at this rich treasure trove of historical documents. (Clicking on each photo should give you a larger version of the image for most of these photos.)
Taos Indians, Madrid, NM, Fourth of July 1930 Parade Float
Community Cookout, Madrid, NM, 1945
Musicians playing for the Dances, Madrid, NM, 1945