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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • ENGLISH AND AMERICAN BAR, c. 1890

Tinsel-Free Christmas: 1955

Tinsel-Free Christmas: 1955

December 1955. Here's our family's entry in the Shorpy Christmas tree sweepstakes. Devoid of any jolly celebrants, unfortunately, but at least we have my mother's curtains and drapes. Many vintage ornaments are in evidence: Santa heads, houses, a table lamp, a mushroom, an angel, a prizefighter, some birds with spun glass or celluloid tailfeathers, and one of my personal favorites, a big one we always called "the stars and stripes forever" on the left a little more than halfway up. Some were from my Mother's family and dated back to the early 1900s, including one that still had wax drippings on it from when you actually lit your tree with candles. On the right, our Motorola hosts the Nativity scene complete with plastic Wise Men. Sharp-eyed observers may note that on the window seat, the fishbowl, vacant a year later, here appears to be inhabited. My brother recorded the available-light exposure details for this Kodachrome slide on the mount: f2.8 @ 1 second, during which he jiggled the camera slightly. View full size.

After The Proposal

After The Proposal

This photo is Part 2 to "The Proposal". I like to think that this is the happy aftermath after she said 'Yes' (but then where's her ring?). Wish I knew more about these two pix, especially what body of water they're wading about in...

The Proposal?

The Proposal?

Another one of my Instant Relatives photos. I call this one "The Proposal" as that was my first thought when I saw this pic. From the style of her bathing suit & cap and his haircut, it's likely that this was taken in the teen's or early 1920's.

Another bit of Winter Fun

Another bit of Winter Fun

Another shot from Great-Grandfather's slides. I remember the year I got a sled for Christmas and the photoshoot in the front yard that followed. I wonder if this is the case here? View full size.

Precipice

Precipice

This somewhat enigmatic photograph dates from about 1920 and is part of a larger collection found here. Scanned from the original 4"x3" negative. Part of the John B. Trevor collection. View full size.

Jingle Belles: 1952

Jingle Belles: 1952

Oak Park, Illinois, 1952. My grandmother (left), mother (center), and aunts. One of my cousins is leaning against the wall, her feet visible in the lower center of the photo. The occasion was probably a holiday, as the ladies are wearing their Sunday best, and that huge cooking pot had to have held a turkey. My mom, the only adult in the photo who's still with us, thinks it may have been Christmas. 35mm slide. View full size.

Christmas on the Homefront - 1917

Christmas on the Homefront - 1917

Scanned from the original 2.5 x 3.5 inch negative. View full size.

 
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