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Vintage photos of:
The D. Earl Comb Christmas parade. Back in the early 30's Mr. Comb ran this parade throughout the Midwest and the southeastern United States.
He bought the parade from Albert H. Thacher for $1,800 - including all animals, costumes and props.
The pictures are from various locations. I've only been able to pinpoint two - one at a very specific corner in Atlanta and the other in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. My favorites are of the parade clowns. I've got a Flickr group that contains all the pictures, stationery and contract for this. I've still got some documents I haven't scanned in yet (like the instructions to running a parade), but hopefully will sometime soon.
Toy show at Madison Square Garden, 1908. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. In the foreground: Junior Aero Club display. Several shadowy blurs can be seen in this time exposure moving about what at first glance appears to be a deserted exhibit space. The car merry-go-round is slowly revolving.
Boys at toy store window with Hop Ching (Chinese checkers) display, Christmas 1941 or 1942. 35mm Kodachrome transparency. Location unknown. View full size. Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Collection.