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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Christmas

Boy Toys: 1910

Boy Toys: 1910

"Boy looking at Xmas toys in shop window" in New York circa 1910. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

A Lodging House Christmas

A Lodging House Christmas

Christmas tree at a New York lodging house in 1914. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. What did Santa bring? Chairs!

 

Free Horse Dinner!

Free Horse Dinner!

December 29, 1923. "Horse Christmas Party" at the Washington, D.C., Animal Rescue League. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

And a Bone for Fido: 1923

And a Bone for Fido: 1923

Pour this on your pancakes, it's that sweet: "Christmas Story" from 1923 or 1924. National Photo Company Collection. All together now: Awww.

 

Christmas With Wilbur and Orville: 1900

Christmas With Wilbur and Orville: 1900

December 1900. Christmas tree in the home of Wilbur and Orville Wright at 7 Hawthorn Street in Dayton, Ohio, three years before their famous flight. 4x5 dry-plate glass negative by the Wright Brothers. View full size. There's a lot of detail here for fans of old-school Christmas decoration. Zoom the gifts. Update: Niece Bertha is shown here playing with the dish set in a different room or house.

 

Christmas Shoppers in New York

Christmas Shoppers in New York

Christmas shoppers in New York City. Photo from the Bain News Service collection, between 1910 and 1915. View full size.

 

A Candle In Every Window

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A Candle In Every Window

Join the Red Cross and on Christmas Eve a candle in every window, a service flag for every home. A 1917 membership poster for the Red Cross. The artwork is by L.N. Britton. View full size.

 
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