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Vintage photos of:
This motley crew includes two of my uncles on the far right. The photo was taken by my father about 1960 in Leatherwood, Tennessee, in Hickman County. View full size.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.
"Centerpiece Christmas Day -- Dec. 25, 1951." 35mm color slide by Grace or Hubert Tuttle, our latest episode of Minnesota Kodachromes. View full size.
Billie Holiday, with Teddy Wilson at the piano and Milt Hinton on bass, at the Newport Jazz Festival in July 1954, five years from the close of her career and the end of her life. 35mm negative by John Vachon for Look magazine. (Caption updated thanks to our knowledgeable commenters.) View full size.
The globular tree, the unhinged affect, the undercurrent of barely suppressed rage -- yes, it's our annual holiday missive from the family of Washington lawyer Raymond Dickey, limned with a festive filigree of mold. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.
"Dickey Christmas tree, 1919." National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.