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Vintage photos of:
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.
The Pennsylvania brothers close out our extended Kodachrome Christmas weekend with a change of clothes (and furniture). View full size.
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.
"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.
Circa 1958, somewhere in Pennsylvania. The Young Man and the Tree. And the Lawn Furniture. 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.
Pennsylvania circa 1958. Santa makes a house call! So, what do you want, Sonny? Come sit on Santa's lap and tell him all about it. View full size.