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.
I enjoy colorizing old photos in my spare time and have been wanting to try colorizing one that is so large all its fine details can be seen. I found this one on Shorpy at a much larger size than this re-sized version and set to work. I don't know whether my color choices for the vintage ornaments are accurate but perhaps this is how the tree looked. The full size version has much better detail but I couldn't upload that. I'm uploading this in hopes it might give you a look at a splendid Christmas past. View full size.