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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Present Perfect: 1958

Present Perfect: 1958

Our young Pennsylvanian at the intersection of Christmas Past and Christmas presents, shortly before he disappeared in an avalanche of gift wrap. Merry Christmas from Shorpy! 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

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Only child?

This kid must have been the first grand kid to warrant that kind of loot!

Old Adage

"A picture is worth a thousand words".
I don't know who said it, but this Grandma's smile sort of makes it work.

Holy Robin Hood, Batman

That kid made out like a bandit!

Merry Christmas to Dave and all the Shorpy denizens.

Indulging the kid

Whenever we would give our kids this many presents, my mom would say they were spoiled. (I told her "No they aren't, they always smell like that.") Merry Christmas and joy to all Shorpy fans and producers. The evocative photos and brilliant comments are usually the best part of the day and I thank all contributors.

In Living Color

I'm a fifties child, too. While our sofa was not this colorful, we did have a rug exactly this shade of green. We also had the unframed large bevel-edge mirror positioned over the sofa, and the grandmother(s) with sensible shoes! Merry Christmas to all at Shorpy! I am enriched every single day, and I thank you.

Plum Sofa

Noticed comments on earlier postings about the supposedly unusual color of the sofa--but it was not unusual at all! It was a very popular color, seen in several of our friends' homes! It fits right in with the wonderful Technicolor, Kodachrome, two-tone atmosphere of this prosperous, optimistic era! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Shorpy-ites!

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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