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Another stocking-stuffer from the Shorpy vaults:
My grandmother Sarah Hall and her daughter Barbara at home in Miami Shores, Christmas 1954. 35mm Kodachrome by my grandfather. The tree is a northern blue spruce, spray-painted white with his air compressor. View full size.