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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Christmas

Santa Claus: 1958

Santa Claus: 1958

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.

Horse Christmas Tree: 1919

Horse Christmas Tree: 1919

Washington, D.C. "Horse Christmas tree, 1919." Where's Charlie Brown when you need him? National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Little Country Doctor: 1951

Little Country Doctor: 1951

"Xmas 1951." A closer look at some of the toys seen here two weeks ago, and that some of us may have actually had. 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.

Tree Tots: 1958

Tree Tots: 1958

Circa 1958, it's the Pennsy Brothers, and they're ready for Christmas. Let's see some presents under that tree! 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Christmas Cousins: 1948

Christmas Cousins: 1948

"Xmas 1948," featuring the young man we've come to know so well, kicks off our Kodachrome Christmas weekend! We're inclined to say these two are cousins rather than sibs, based on the relatively few appearances the girl makes in the dozens of slides in this batch, taken in Bay County, Michigan. View full size.

Red Cross Baskets: 1920

Red Cross Baskets: 1920

Washington, D.C. "Red Cross baskets, Walter Reed Hospital, Christmas 1920." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Velocipedes R Us: 1940

Velocipedes R Us: 1940

December 1940. "Window display for Christmas sale. Providence, Rhode Island." "Billy" now just 89 cents! 35mm nitrate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 
 
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