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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

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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.

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*)

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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