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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Christmas

All the Trimmings: 1910

All the Trimmings: 1910

Washington, D.C., circa 1910. "Harris, Martha. Christmas tree." The home of Harris & Ewing co-founder George Harris and wife May, with presents for daughter Martha. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

I Dream of Dishwasher: 1953

I Dream of Dishwasher: 1953

1953. "The American Dream of Christmas. Photographs of Christmas gifts with television personality Bert Parks; includes Parks and a woman posed in a studio riding on a 'magic carpet' on which are displayed electrical household appliances." Photo by Milton H. Greene for Look magazine. View full size.

Lil Farmers: 1959

Lil Farmers: 1959

The Pennsylvania brothers close out our extended Kodachrome Christmas weekend with a change of clothes (and furniture). View full size.

Present Perfect: 1958

Present Perfect: 1958

Our young Pennsylvanian at the intersection of Christmas Past and Christmas presents, shortly before he disappeared in an avalanche of gift wrap. Merry Christmas from Shorpy! 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Visions of Sugarplums: 1951

Visions of Sugarplums: 1951

"Xmas 1951." Shorpy and our young, out-of-focus Michigander want to wish you all a very merry Christmas. And now if you'll excuse us, we have to get to bed before Santa gets here! 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Lawn King: 1958

Lawn King: 1958

Circa 1958, somewhere in Pennsylvania. The Young Man and the Tree. And the Lawn Furniture. 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Christmas Story: 1920

Christmas Story: 1920

A circa 1920 Nativity scene labeled "Calvo, Miss." Note the light bulb. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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