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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Christmas

Christmas Dinner: 1950s

Christmas Dinner: 1950s

From the "Linda" Kodachromes, circa 1950s, somewhere in New England. A place at the table, just for you. Gravy, anyone? View full size.

Merry Christmas: 1913

Merry Christmas: 1913

        One hundred years ago -- yet it seems like just yesterday that we first posted this.

New York, December 1913. "Christmas tree, Madison Square." 8x10 glass negative, G.G. Bain Collection. View full size. Happy holidays from Shorpy!

Hello Holly: 1952

Hello Holly: 1952

From the "Linda" Kodachromes circa 1952 comes this Dutch door festively attired with spruce wreath and merry-maker. Won't you come in? View full size.

Secret Santa: 1942

Secret Santa: 1942

December 1942. "New York. R.H. Macy & Company department store the week before Christmas. Children line up to talk with Santa Claus. There are two Santas, concealed from one another by a labyrinth to prevent disillusionment of the children. Each child is presented with candy and tells Santa his or her desires." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Modern Nativity: 1953

Modern Nativity: 1953

December 1953. Continuing the Look magazine series "night photographs of houses decorated for Christmas." You know what they say about people who live in glass houses -- they don't throw Christmas parties. At least not until they can afford curtains. From photos by Jim Hansen and Bob Lerner. View full size.

Playing Along: 1958

Playing Along: 1958

Pennsylvania circa 1958. This little boy was evidently on the "nice" list. (Isn't it funny how Santa and Uncle Bert have the same eyeglasses?) Note the abundance of mid-century tchotchkes. 35mm Kodachrome found on eBay. View full size.

Toyland: 1951

Toyland: 1951

December 1, 1951. "Shopping center, Great Neck, Long Island, New York. Wanamaker's. Lathrop Douglass, architect." A toy display and its audience of tots. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 
 
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