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Office Xmas Party: 1925
... two things that I’m glad have changed: The way Christmas trees look and protective coating for hardwood floors. And I’m guessing they ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/14/2018 - 8:44am -

Office Xmas Party: 1925

Just a Little Closer to the Volcano ...
Kilauea eruption with molten lava and papaya trees near Kapoho, Hawaii , 1960. 35mm Ektachrome transparency, photographer unknown. View full size. Fake Trees? The trees in this photo have got to be faked. This looks like a ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/07/2011 - 10:23pm -

Just a Little Closer to the Volcano ...

Fresh-Cut Firs: 1903
New York circa 1903. "Cut Christmas trees at market in front of Barclay Street Station." May all your Christmases ... Publishing Company. View full size. Electrical trees More impressive than the Christmas trees are the number of electrical ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/02/2011 - 4:33am -

Fresh-Cut Firs: 1903

Southdale Center: 1956
... in there). Christmastime was unbelievable! The tallest trees, the biggest bulbs, and Santa ... oh, Santa!! The line to see him, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/09/2019 - 3:36pm -

Southdale Center: 1956

Street of Trees: 1904
Indianapolis circa 1904. "North Delaware Street." Our third visit to this leafy enclave. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Photographic Co. View full size. On the street where you live, 115 years later This pristine, beautiful, tree lin ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/10/2019 - 3:44pm -

Street of Trees: 1904

Merry Christmas: 1913
... colorized! From Manitoba, Canada Even our decorated trees aren't this big! A very Merry Christmas to all! Merry Christmas one ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/25/2018 - 10:15am -

Merry Christmas: 1913

Old-School Tree: 1962
... produced by our children. Today's glossy designer trees can't hold a candle to a classic, heirloom festooned Christmas tree. ... a great deal. Keep them coming. No more Christmas trees? It's nice to see a real Christmas tree after looking for them this ... 
 
Posted by tterrace - 12/07/2018 - 3:52pm -

Old-School Tree: 1962

These Trees: 1910
... What are those lines? There are marks on the trees just below where the branches split off. Marks on trees It looks like they were trying to prevent an insect infestation. I can ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/08/2012 - 2:01pm -

These Trees: 1910

The Shortcut: 1900
... Earth. History of the spring Leaves on the trees. Tons of leaves on the ground, awaiting the invention of the leaf ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/18/2018 - 10:14am -

The Shortcut: 1900

Our Lady of Lourdes School
... shown in the photo. As for changes — there are trees on the block now, and the cornice has been removed from Our Lady of ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/14/2017 - 11:50am -

Our Lady of Lourdes School

Charleston: 1902
... of that carriage. But I do not get the concept of planting trees in the curbs of the street. Is this some special tree with roots that only grow straight down? Charleston Trees If you will notice, the trees in the foreground are much older than ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/20/2012 - 1:39pm -

Charleston: 1902

Railroad Avenue: 1925
... old bakery. To think, my uncles used to sell Christmas trees right up the street from the above photo!! At the parking lot where the ... were out there and almost froze to death selling those trees, but they loved it, and so did those that came back year after year. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/19/2018 - 8:05pm -

Railroad Avenue: 1925

Nu-Blue Xmas: 1940
December 1940. "Christmas trees for sale at a gas station. Woonsocket, Rhode Island." Medium format ... all the signs, the gas pumps and one of those fresh cut trees for you to put it all under. p.s. Give the man on the roof one of ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/25/2018 - 11:51am -

Nu-Blue Xmas: 1940

Seasonal Greens: 1940
December 1940. "Christmas trees for sale at the market. Providence, Rhode Island." Medium format negative ... first summer job after I turned 16 was trimming Christmas trees. Hot work out in the sun all day with some not so friendly critters ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/03/2018 - 11:20am -

Seasonal Greens: 1940

Walton Way: 1905
... I could be wrong...probably am. Tree Town So many trees to trim, so little time. Even though Augusta, Georgia has an average high ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2012 - 6:57pm -

Walton Way: 1905

Duluth Incline Railway: 1905
... poles. This was before the advent of the chainsaw, when trees were felled by sturdy men with axes. The poles all sport the telltale ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/03/2018 - 2:20pm -

Duluth Incline Railway: 1905

Christmas Story: 1953
... for them -- but with the sheer amount of tinsel on these trees, it seems like the chances for intestinal problems would be good.) ... past! See: http://www.familychristmasonline.com/trees/ornaments/dangerous/dangerous... Kids Again I love this photo ... 
 
Posted by der_bingle - 12/09/2008 - 6:58pm -

Christmas Story: 1953

Eight Till Noon: 1865
... still stand? Interesting. Interesting. The trees lining the street might have served as convenient ties as well as shade ... favorite sites: a wonderful window into the past. The trees I'm used to urban trees being planted in gaps in the sidewalk. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/31/2012 - 9:28pm -

Eight Till Noon: 1865

The Dennis: 1901
... used to convey guests along the Boardwalk. - Dave] Trees on the beach Why are all the trees stacked up on the beach in front of the fence? Some kind of erosion ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/08/2016 - 7:21pm -

The Dennis: 1901

Chicago: 1920s
... about his collection here . Still there, bigger trees View Larger Map A bit older Looking at the cars ... house, one way, new street lights and (probably) newer trees. Nice to see that, for the most part, the character of this quiet street ... 
 
Posted by globalpillage - 09/14/2011 - 6:23pm -

Chicago: 1920s

From All of Us: 1921
... the National Photo Co. View full size. Different trees Wow. It never ceases to amaze me how different Christmas trees looked back in the day. I don't mean the decorations, I mean the actual ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/29/2014 - 1:44pm -

From All of Us: 1921

Green Detroit: 1942
... Detroit Public Library. It's strange to see all the trees in the photo. Those are sadly not there anymore. My Old Neighborhood ... downtown sky scrapers and was surprised at seeing so many trees in the city. [Happy birthday, Seattle Kid! - Dave] Parade ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/30/2012 - 10:52am -

Green Detroit: 1942

White Christmas: 1954
... Walls Very groovy wall colors. When did aluminum trees come on the scene? [Not sure, but this is a real spruce tree ... Milwaukee duirng the holidays and seeing the flocked trees in the picture windows of the houses. Some had spot lights on them ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/21/2017 - 12:15pm -

White Christmas: 1954

Tidily Trimmed: 1901
... like a neatly trimmed bush! How can they have palm trees in the East? Hmmm? [Back then, Mississippi was in the South. ... raggedy around the crotch. Re: How can they have palm trees in the East? Ever wonder how some people make it through the day ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/05/2010 - 4:01am -

Tidily Trimmed: 1901

Rainbow Gas: 1939
... Administration. View full size. Re: Xmas Trees If DKM is referring to those plants on the right, against the dark ... decide between the Orange Kist or the Root beer. Xmas Trees Christmas trees in August. I wonder if they were way overstocked from ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/04/2015 - 10:15am -

Rainbow Gas: 1939

The Linear Look: 1940
... have invested in a lawn mower as well Gap in the trees This looks like it: ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/21/2018 - 9:25pm -

The Linear Look: 1940

Shady Saratoga: 1915
... folks strolling down the sidewalk under stately trees. It could not get much more picturesque. It is a time and place I ... nothing remaining from 97 years ago, especially the trees! Can anybody provide a modern view? View Larger Map ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/14/2018 - 10:40am -

Shady Saratoga: 1915

Bridge Road: 1913
... either side of this road during September of 1863. The Trees Probably hold a lot of history in them. This road ran through the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/13/2018 - 9:19pm -

Bridge Road: 1913

Christmas Tree Market: 1903
... Merry Christmas. Those are some tall Christmas trees Not much has changed in 108 years - except for the horse-drawn delivery vehicles. Bet the trees cost less back then. That is a worried looking pile of trees I don't see one that I would be interested in! East Side, West ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/02/2011 - 5:30am -

Christmas Tree Market: 1903

The Asphalt Jungle Gym: 1941
... Side. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size. Trees and windows The trees are taller now, and at some point more modern double-hung windows were ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/28/2014 - 12:40pm -

The Asphalt Jungle Gym: 1941
 
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