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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • A CHRISTMAS JOKE WITH A POINT TO IT

Christmas 1951

Christmas 1951

Christmas 1951 on the Hansen farm in Champaign County, Ill. View full size.

Champaign County

Was this maybe in Savoy? I got a roommate's car stuck in a ditch there and a nice farmer pulled me out. Maybe it was the little Hansen boy sitting on his mom's lap?

Delicious Drapes

Those curtains are all kinds of awesome. Merry Christmas!

The icicles

remind me so much of our Christmases when I was a child. In 1951 I would have been 5 years old and I can distinctly remember my mother decorating our tree with -- amongst other baubles -- silver "icicles" that spiralled down in a taper from their fixing point.

This is a lovely photo and, may I ask, which of those in the image is "stumpy"?

It's Not There

1951 and no TV set in the photograph. We didn't get one until sometime in 1951 or 52. I'm sure they enjoyed Christmas without it. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season to all on either end of our Shorpy.

Love it!

I was 3 at the time of this photo and it brings back memories! From the tinsel on the tree to the floor-stand ashtray!!! Many good Christmas memories come from these pictures!!!

Seasonal Perfection

Another wonderful Christmas gathering. Perfect chance to wish all the Shorpy fans and Dave a Merry Christmas from the snowbound shores of Maryland's eastern shore.

Double egg nog for everyone.

Stylin'

I've got those jeans, the old-school super blue ones that finally start to fade after a few hundred washings. Now all I need is that sweater...

What a beautiful family

What a beautiful family picture! My mom and dad had a floor lamp exactly like the one pictured. The corner knick knack shelf, as well, resembles the one that hung for many years in my parent's living room. So many memories in this one picture. I was 4 years old in 1951, so the time period pictured is the one I grew up in. Thank you for posting this wonderful picture!

 
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