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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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Pere Noel

Pere Noel

Father Christmas and young girl on a miniature elephant. A photo for any French family to cherish for years. Found this one near Fayence, in the south of France.

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Father Christmas

And some of us thought clowns were scary.

Complelely different.

The poor little tyke just realised Father Christmas is actually Eric Idle,and its all a Monty Python skit!!

That's not Santa!

It's clearly an aged Rasputin, who faked his own death and kept one step ahead of the KGB for decades in this transparent disguise.


I remember being scared out of my skin by Santa Claus (or at least seeing 8mm footage of it... I've repressed the actual memories *shudder*)

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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