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Vintage photos of:
"Xmas 1951." Our golden boy is back in this 13th example from a series of Kodachromes taken in the crook of the Lower Michigan mitten. Whatever is in there, we hope it's better than Dad's leg lamp. View full size.
It's time again to trot out this evergreen Christmas classic, which has decked our halls since 2008: Washington, D.C., 1925. "Western Electric Co. group." There are enough little dramas playing out here to keep the forensic partyologists busy until Ground Hog Day. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.
Christmas 1958 somewhere in Pennsylvania. The young man we last glimpsed dressed up for Halloween, seen here in our fifth slide from a batch of 35mm Kodachromes found on eBay. I am imagining carols on the hi-fi, grandparents in the next room and delicious aromas wafting in from the kitchen. View full size.