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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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Christmas: 1955

Christmas: 1955

I think this would have been around Christmas time, 1955. The Santa sitting on the chest behind the soap box and part of the Christmas tree can be seen at the far right. This was definitely at the family farm near Blandinsville, Ill.

The teddy bear, on the left side of the couch, would growl when squeezed. I would giggle when squeezed. View full size.

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The Cheer Box

The reason the Cheer box is there is that I had a fascination with them at that age. I cannot remember why.

Perhaps Mother gave me an empty one to keep me quiet and out of the way. The box smelled good and was obviously a valued item of Mother's, so it must be a real treasure. I am trying to think like a 3 year old!

Great picture of your family

Wondering why the Cheer box is there.

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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