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Electric Xmas: 1929

Electric Xmas: 1929

Dec. 24, 1929. "President lights Nation's Capital community Xmas tree. President Hoover pressed the button that set the community Christmas tree of the National Capital ablaze with varied colored lights tonight, Christmas Eve. The Chief Executive was accompanied by Mrs. Hoover while members of the Cabinet and other high officials looked on." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

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Merry Shorpy

To the Shorpy world from old Mackenzie: Merry Christmas or the appropriate equivalent. You guys are great and I look forward to every daily visit. And thank you to Dave and to tthomas for all your efforts.

[tthomas, his twin tterrace and I thank you back! -Dave]

Ya know, when an old Celt gets a long way into a celebratory evening that involves Tullamore Dew, subtleties like those can slip past unnoticed. My very best to both, or all three, of you.

In Beatnik Lingo

Since I live in the past (ghost of Christmas past), here's wishing all the brilliant and witty Shorpy fans and especially the hilarious founder and staff at Shorpy a "Cool Yule and a Frantic First!" May everyone enjoy their Swiss Colony Beef Log.

Frigid DC

December 24, 1929 had a high of 31 and a low of 19 degrees. That probably explains some of the unhappy expressions. They just wanted to be inside by a warm fireplace.


To ALL the Shorpy Family. Hope that you've had a wonderful Holiday Season and enjoy a Joyous, Merry Christmas with family and friends.

Stripy balls

I have many of those stripy ornaments on my vintage inspired tree. Merry Christmas to all of you at Shorpy. I love this site!

What is it

with the miniature tree? Has it fallen off the other strangely shaped one or are they taking it home as a souvenir?

No tidings of joy

Everyone looks very grim. Were they all stock investors?

Mighty puny tree!

Today's Capitol tree puts this one to shame.

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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