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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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Christmas Story: 1920

Christmas Story: 1920

A circa 1920 Nativity scene labeled "Calvo, Miss." Note the light bulb. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Away in a Manger

It looks as though the toddler Jesus should be proclaiming, "Ta Da".


Setting for wishing the whole Shorpy Family the very best of the Holiday Season and to enjoy the Best Christmas ever!

Itty bitty bulbs

Another use was in various components of our 1940s-era electric train set, like an illuminated billboard, the light at the top of the water tower, the interior of a train station and a street lamp.

Radio bulb

Growing up we always called little round bulbs like this one that, as they were used to light the dial on our radio and my grandfather kept some in a little box to replace burned out ones. The inside itself of the big radio was interesting too, with its warm glowing vacuum tubes.

Merry Christmas, all!

When I first looked at this picture, I perceived the topmost lightbulb as an animal's eye, and I wondered how a rabbit or whatever got into the manger scene!

Anyway, Merry Christmas!

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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