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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • DON'T GUM UP A BOOK, 1930s

Christmas

Oakland Tribune: 1920

Oakland Tribune: 1920

Oakland, California, circa 1920. "Offices of the Oakland Tribune." The premises of the late lamented newspaper (1874-2016) are now home to a bar, the Tribune Tavern. 8x10 glass negative by the Cheney Photo Advertising Co. View full size.

 

Zany Puppets: 1955

Zany Puppets: 1955

Columbus, Ga., circa 1955. "Toys for Christmas." Starring Zany Puppets, a Transogram "Disneyland" board game, Patrician phonograph, Permoplast clay and "Trophy Hunt" target game. 4x5 negative from the News Archive. View full size.

 

Auld Lang Syne: 1918

Auld Lang Syne: 1918

Washington, D.C., circa 1918. "Service club -- couples dancing." And a Happy New Year from Shorpy! National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

All Are Welcome: 1923

All Are Welcome: 1923

December 29, 1923. "Horse Christmas party, Animal Rescue League." Maybe a few days late for a Christmas party, but then again here we are showing up 92 years after the fact. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Deck the Halls: 1959

Deck the Halls: 1959

"Janet, Christmas 1959." We return to the Baltimore home of Kermy and his sister, who has the look of a kid who just got ... clothes for Christmas. 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Cinderella Santa: 1921

Cinderella Santa: 1921

Dec. 23, 1921. Washington, D.C. "Little Betty Sze, daughter of the ambassador from China, and Madame Sze meet the American Santa Claus, who called to visit her at the legation today." National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

A Christmas Carol: 1913

A Christmas Carol: 1913

        Our ninth annual holiday greeting from the family of Washington lawyer Raymond Dickey, who has been welcoming us into his home since 1912 or 2008, depending on how you look at it. This marks the last of the series, unless we find some more in our stocking come Friday. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.

"Dickey family and Christmas tree, 1913." Looking a bit jollier than usual. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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