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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

Hello Holly: 1952

Hello Holly: 1952

From the "Linda" Kodachromes circa 1952 comes this Dutch door festively attired with spruce wreath and merry-maker. Won't you come in? View full size.

Institution photos

At 2 years old my brother was hospitalized nearly one year, and over Christmas. Late 40s-early 50s was polio epidemic years so that could well be what is depicted in the photos. Polio, or other illness could account for Linda's lack of childhood enthusiasm.

Hope your Christmas was merry and bright, Shorpy fans.

Raised With The Dutch

Dad Dutched the door to one of the bedrooms where the youngest child was kept. The upper half was always open so our parents could hear what was going on, while the lower half was closed at bedtime to prevent wandering that might cause damage to the kid. I was thrilled when my younger Sister came along and I was moved to a bedroom with a real big boy door.

DoubleDutch

Is this where the word comes from?

A Blue Christmas, a Knotty Christmas

You can catch a glimpse of spring, too. (By her left elbow).

It's time for the feats of strength

I saw that thing propped up behind the door and instantly thought it was a Festivus pole. Who knew Mr. Costanza's holiday dated back to the early '50s?

Hello Wilbur

Mr Ed's actual name was Bamboo Harvester.

Projection screen?

Or Festivus Pole?

Pets

Seeing the scratch lines below the door handle I bet they had a dog.

They have a dog, too

A dog that knows how the door opens but can't quite manage to operate the deadbolt.

It's only Mrs. Claus

In civvies.

Evidence of slides

That thing propped in the corner looks like a Da-Lite projection screen, larger than ours of similar vintage, but the same color. Glass-beaded surface, probably. Also interesting and prompting questions are the photos that seem to depict some institutional facility, like a hospital or orphanage, and at Christmas, to boot.

Leg Lamp

... in the box marked "Fragile" behind the door.

A blue spruce

And it's leaking.

 
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