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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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Popular Mechanics Christmas

Popular Mechanics Christmas

While going through family slides, I came across two that seemed to have paper in the cardboard slide frame instead of film. I realized that these were the slides my dad used to create the Christmas decorations that were a constant part of my childhood Christmases in the 1960's.

Originally cut from a Popular Mechanics magazine these were for projecting onto plywood. With saber saw, paint, and lights, you were the envy of the neighborhood.

Santa would be placed on the roof, and the reindeer would attempt to hoist the bag up to him. What good is decorating if it doesn't involve going up a ladder?

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I made one

I made one of these back in the 50s. It was a rear view of a Short Santa with his bag reaching up to the doorknob to open the front door. I used the family slide projector to scale the image to fit Santa's hand height to the exact height of the doorknob. I didn't use plywood though, just a large piece of cardboard. It worked pretty good since the front door was sheltered by the front porch. Got a couple of years use out of it.

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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