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Vintage photos of:
Another stocking-stuffer from the Shorpy vaults:
My grandmother Sarah Hall and her daughter Barbara at home in Miami Shores, Christmas 1954. 35mm Kodachrome by my grandfather. The tree is a northern blue spruce, spray-painted white with his air compressor. View full size.
Old-school and old-old-school decorations on our traditional old-school tree. We always called these Scotch firs, but it looks more like the Noble firs I've seen online. We liked them because they had plenty of open space to let the ornaments show unhindered. The oldest one is the frosted pine cone face toward the bottom; it still has some wax blobs from early 20th Century tree candles on it. The hot-air balloon was always one of my favorites. The blue one at the center top is from our "new" c.1960 set. The plastic church was glitter-enhanced by me personally. A couple years later, all the 1940s-era light strings sacrificed their lives to illuminate my castle diorama in the basement. You can see me reflected in the ornament at lower left, along with the bright spot on the ceiling from the bounce flash I used to light this Kodachrome. View full size.