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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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Seasonal Greens: 1951

Seasonal Greens: 1951

"Centerpiece before Christmas -- Dec 1951." The latest dispatch from Blue Earth, Minnesota. Kodachrome slide by Hubert or Grace Tuttle. View full size.

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I still decorate with 'em

Those plaster cranberries are on my tree, even as I write this.

Re: Angel Hair

IIRC, the stuff was simply very fine glass fiber. Your hands itched like the dickens after handling it (microscopic glass splinters), which may be the reason for its disappearance.

Angel Hair

And we used to call that white fluffy stuff Angel Hair! Wonder if it turned out to be harmful you never see it for sale and I'm in NYC where you can buy just about ANYTHING!

Plaster Holly Berries

I remember those red berries! They were made out of plaster. The stem was florist wire. The berries had obviously been painted by dipping.

I can't remember what the stems were like, perhaps they were of wire wrapped in green cotton thread in the style of early "Double Cotton Covered" small-gauge electrical wire.

The berries I saw were attached to a green-painted wooden skewer. My uncle, who mass-produced Christmas wreaths and grave blankets, used these as trimming.

SHORPY OLD 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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