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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like ...

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like ...

"Xmas 1951." Our golden boy is back in this 13th example from a series of Kodachromes taken in the crook of the Lower Michigan mitten. Whatever is in there, we hope it's better than Dad's leg lamp. View full size.

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Our little buddy seems to suffer from a mild form of crossed eyes.

Re: glow-in-the-dark icicle - of course, I see it now.

Glow-in-the-dark icicle

is what I see on the floor. It appears to have fallen off of the tree. The plastic stars on the tree are of the same material (one with an icicle hanging behind it). We used to have both that would go on our Christmas tree every year. The main thing was we had to keep them away from the hot light bulbs or they would melt. It was great to turn of the tree lights and the room lights and see the icicles and stars both glowing in the dark room.

Karma Koming?

Based just on the photos depicted on Shorpy, this kid had far too pleasant a childhood. Probably turned into an amiable, engaging, and otherwise abnormal adult!

Tidy Family - Thrifty Family?

The instrument lying on the floor appears to be a letter opener. Perhaps Junior was instructed to open his presents with surgical precision. You can buy quite a nifty pedal car with the money you save by reusing gift-wrap paper.


I remember when it was made out of lead. My sister's cat thought it was delicious!

Real Tinsel

And elaborately tied ribbons. No stick-on bows!


The days when gift-wrap had to compete with carpets.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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