‘Olde Tyme’ Christ­mas pa­rade

AV Press float wins top prize in an­nual Palm­dale event

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Front Page - VAL­LEY PRESS STAFF

The Palm­dale Cham­ber of Com­merce hosted its an­nual Wil­liam “Pete” Knight Christ­mas Pa­rade on Satur­day morn­ing.

This year’s pa­rade theme was “Olde Tyme” Christ­mas and fea­tured 105 pa­rade en­tries.

The pa­rade be­gan at 10 a.m., at Yellen Dog Park and con­cluded at Do­minic Mas­sari Park.

The An­te­lope Val­ley Press en­tered the pa­rade and sur­prised the crowd with its orig­i­nal 1885 Chan­dler and Price Let­ter­press, fea­tured on the float. One side of the float showed an old time scene, in which AV Press Pub­lisher Mike McMullin “op­er­ated” the old let­ter­press, while on the other side of the “wall,” a mod­ern news­pa­per of­fice scene was fea­tured.

The let­ter­press has been housed in the lobby of the AV Press for decades. That sort of Lino­type was com­monly used by news­pa­pers in the early 20th cen­tury, us­ing “hot type.” Linecast­ing-ma­chin­ery oper­a­tors used key­boards to au­to­mat­i­cally drop molds of in­di­vid­ual let­ters into a line.

It was ob­tained by the for­mer owners of the AV Press.

The float show­cased the evo­lu­tion of news­pa­pers over the past 134 years and won first place for “Best Theme.”

The win sparked con­ver­sa­tion on so­cial me­dia Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Palm­dale Mayor Steven Hof­bauer said on Face­book: “Ex­cel­lent theme rep­re­sen­ta­tion. Im­pressed all judges!”

Josh Mann, the Public Sec­tor So­lu­tions Man­ager at Waste Man­age­ment, posted: “Award-win­ning news ... and floats!”

The AV Press staff was sur­prised, but pleased with the win.

“All of us at the AV Press are ex­cited that our float won for ‘Best Theme’ today,” McMullin said. “The pa­rade was a great day for the com­mu­nity, as young peo­ple and old shared their tal­ent and en­thu­si­asm with their neigh­bors. We were very hon­ored to be a part of it.”

Photos by MELINDA RO­DRIGUEZ/Spe­cial to the Val­ley Press

An­te­lope Val­ley Press Pub­lisher Mike McMullin “op­er­ates” the Chan­dler and Press Let­ter­press (above), circa 1885, dur­ing the Palm­dale Christ­mas Pa­rade on Satur­day. The AV Press won first place in the “Best Theme” cat­e­gory. The float fea­tured the old let­ter­press on one side, to re­flect the “Olde Tyme Christ­mas” pa­rade theme, while a mod­ern of­fice scene was fea­tured on the other side of the wall. The float il­lus­trated how news­pa­pers have de­vel­oped over the past 134 years. Also in the pa­rade (be­low) were the Amer­i­can Re­gion rid­ers.

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