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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA TRAVEL, c. 1930

Christmas

Church of the Nativity: 1940

Church of the Nativity: 1940

Christmas in the Church of the Nativity at Bethlehem circa 1940. View full size. 4x5 glass-plate negative, G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection.

 

A Vintage Christmas Carol

A Vintage Christmas Carol

"The Works Progress Administration in Ohio presents the Federal Theatre for youth in 'A Christmas Carol.'" This poster for the Federal Theatre Project presentation of "A Christmas Carol" was created between 1936 and 1941.
View full size | Vintage Christmas Photos

 

Deck the Halls: 1954

Deck the Halls: 1954

Christmas 1954. My grandmother Sarah Parish Hall at home in Miami Shores, Florida. She really knew how to do Christmas. (Here's the tree.) View full size.

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.

 
 
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