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The Christmas Tree: 1950

The Christmas Tree: 1950

"Sierras, 1950, Nevada." The Christmas Tree Lodge on the Mount Rose Highway south of Reno is the backdrop for this latest Kodachrome of Don Cox's 1939 Mercury. The restaurant, which touted its "mahogany-broiled steaks and chops," is no more, replaced by the Tannenbaum Event Center. Now, who's gonna squeegee that tyke off the bumper? View full size.


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Let there be LOTS of light

Absolutely beautiful Kodachrome. What has always impressed me about snow photography - the immense amount of reflected light equals tiny aperture (and/or fast shutter) equals huge depth of field and razor sharp focus. This photo epitomizes all that was good about Kodachrome combined with photography in the snow.

Now The Tannenbaum

A Christmas Story

THOSE are the icicles that have been known to kill people.

That Hat

When I was five years old I had one just like it. This photo was taken in our back yard in Riverside (now Windsor) Ontario in 1952. We are bundled up like the kids in "A Christmas Story."


My nephews and their cousins did that around here in Northwest Indiana. I don't know if the word is the "official" name for it, but that's what they called it in these parts.


I had a hat like the young man is wearing. We used to grab hold of bumpers like that and get pulled up and down street on our sleds during winter. Great fun.


Looks like some kind of surplus window size experiment.

Paul Simon got it right

"Mama don't take my Kodachrome away." Don Cox took some supernaturally beautiful pictures in the winter Sierras.

The plaid-jacket era for boys

I'm reminded of that scene in "The Bishop's Wife" in which Cary Grant as the angel conjures up attendance at the boys' choir practice and every one of them is wearing a plaid jacket similar to the one the kid is wearing in this photo. I was born in 1947 and had one, too, but it was my older cousin's hand-me-down.

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