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Vintage photos of:
A holiday chestnut worth reheating over the Shorpy Duraflame.
"Christmas 1954." My grandmother in her living room in Miami Shores four years before I was born. She made the mantel decoration, which saw service for many years, with Brazilian pepper berries from a big tree in the backyard, mixed with pine cones, all attached to a chicken wire frame. Grandmother, handy with a needle and thread, also made the curtains herself. She was, needless to say, big on Christmas. Scanned from a 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.
Dec. 24, 1929. "President lights Nation's Capital community Xmas tree. President Hoover pressed the button that set the community Christmas tree of the National Capital ablaze with varied colored lights tonight, Christmas Eve. The Chief Executive was accompanied by Mrs. Hoover while members of the Cabinet and other high officials looked on." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.
"Abe & Julia - Dec. 25 1951." Radiating holiday cheer from the Teal Sofa, Hubert's parents make their Minnesota Kodachromes debut. View full size.