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Christmas Morn: 1949

Christmas Morn: 1949

Christmas morn 1949, Hamtramck, Michigan. Amazing what details I remember. My sister is 10 months old. I am checking out the plastic motor under the hood of the truck. When I came into the living room, my parents were already up and had the windup train running around the figure eight track. I stepped on the track and derailed the train. The kid-sized rocking chair in the center was covered in yellow vinyl. It suffered a sudden end a few years later when a table lamp fell on it melting a hole in the plastic. I still remember my Mom's panic and and seeing the excelsior stuffing where the plastic melted away. The picture was taken with my Father's trusty Argus C-3 which used large flash bulbs which had the same screw in base as a standard light bulb. View full size.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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