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Before getting to all those department stores, Santa has to hit the bank. Leave your checkbook at home, but bring the kids!
December 1925. "Christmas tree and Santa Claus at Crocker National Bank, Post & Montgomery Streets, San Francisco." 8x10 nitrate negative, formerly of the Wyland Stanley and Marilyn Blaisdell collections. View full size.
"Christmas P.J.'s -- Dec. 25 1951." Grace and Sally clash in the latest episode of Minnesota Kodachromes! 35mm color slide by Hubert Tuttle. View full size.
"Tree -- Dec. 25, 1951." Merry Christmas from Blue Earth, Minnesota, and from Shorpy! 35mm Kodachrome by Hubert Tuttle. View full size.
A holiday chestnut worth reheating over the Shorpy Duraflame.
"Christmas 1954." My grandmother in her living room in Miami Shores four years before I was born. She made the mantel decoration, which saw service for many years, with Brazilian pepper berries from a big tree in the backyard, mixed with pine cones, all attached to a chicken wire frame. Grandmother, handy with a needle and thread, also made the curtains herself. She was, needless to say, big on Christmas. Scanned from a 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.