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1930's Christmas Parade

1930's Christmas Parade

The D. Earl Comb Christmas parade. Back in the early 30's Mr. Comb ran this parade throughout the Midwest and the southeastern United States.

He bought the parade from Albert H. Thacher for $1,800 - including all animals, costumes and props.

The pictures are from various locations. I've only been able to pinpoint two - one at a very specific corner in Atlanta and the other in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. My favorites are of the parade clowns. I've got a Flickr group that contains all the pictures, stationery and contract for this. I've still got some documents I haven't scanned in yet (like the instructions to running a parade), but hopefully will sometime soon.

Maternal Grandparents

Maternal Grandparents

The gentleman on the left and the lady seated in front of him are my grandparents. They immigrated to the US from Hungary. I'm not sure when or where the photo was taken. I was told that my grandmother died during the great flu epidemic around 1918. I think it's interesting how the photographer tried to have a scenic background, but it wasn't quit large enough. I also found the wrapping around the other woman's feet unusual.

Kid and Kitty

Kid and Kitty

Pulled this photo from the depths of a shoebox. Cute...

Lady in White

Lady in White

One of my distant relatives on the road somewhere. Plate reads "Arizona."

Angelic Child

Angelic Child

I know very little about this adorable tot, but I'm pretty sure she was a sister of one of my great-grandparents. The picture was taken in Texas, c1910.

Rock Water Hole

Rock Water Hole

Caption on the back said "Eating Dinner at Rock Water Hole; February 9, 1919." Taken in the Texas Hill Country. The man on the far left is my great-great grandfather Travis Stillwell; the others are his friends.

Arthur Burgoyne Sr.

Arthur Burgoyne Sr.

When my great-grandfather's train went by his house, he always blew the whistle to hail my great-grandmother. New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad.

 
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