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Christmas

Good Old Guckenheimer: 1938

Good Old Guckenheimer: 1938

December 1938. "Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Christmas tree over the door of a bar on Market Street." Medium format nitrate negative by Paul Vanderbilt. View full size.

 

Christmas Stockings: 1950

Christmas Stockings: 1950

November 11, 1950. New York. "Gimbel Brothers department store. Interior. Raymond Loewy Associates, architect." 4x5 inch acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 
A street floor named desire

        Ah for the infinite loveliness of Gimbels. We're the most enticing, most alluring street floor that ever walked the ways of beauty. So captivating are we, you just can't resist us. Our walls are delicately tinted. Our counters are sleek. If we were a bell, we would tinkle. We're all this, and more, because Raymond Loewy, genius at transforming an ugly duckling into a raving beauty, has given us his magic touch. And the best part is, this beauty of ours will be a joy forever. Our loveliness will never pass into nothingness. Why? Because those sweet, sweet bargains and those low, low price tags keep coming and coming and coming ... (NYT ad, Feb. 1951)

 

Christmas in Columbus: 1955

Christmas in Columbus: 1955

December 1955. Columbus, Georgia. "Christmas decorations on Broadway." 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

Christmas Loot: 1951

Christmas Loot: 1951

"Xmas 1951." Christmas Past, and Christmas presents. Our 12th slide from this batch of 35mm Kodachromes found on eBay. Most of them seem to have been taken in or near Pinconning, Michigan. View full size.

A Dickey Christmas: 1923

A Dickey Christmas: 1923

"Dickey Christmas tree, 1923." The family of Washington lawyer Raymond Dickey, whose somewhat off-kilter portraits (and non-triangular trees) are a Shorpy Yuletide tradition. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Office Xmas Party: 1925

Office Xmas Party: 1925

        It's the weekend before December 25, time for a hallowed holiday tradition here at Shorpy: The Office Christmas Party! Which has been going on for 96 years now. Will Clarence in Sales ever get up the nerve to ask out Hermione from Accounting? Is there gin in that oilcan? Ask the bear.

December 1925. "Washington, D.C. -- 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 Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Creative Differences: 1940

Creative Differences: 1940

November 1940. "Boys in the schoolhouse in Ledyard, Connecticut, working on the school newspaper." Title of their typescript: "A Happy Christmas for Tom." Medium format acetate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Gadsden Shoppers: 1940

Gadsden Shoppers: 1940

December 1940. "Christmas shopping crowds. Gadsden, Alabama." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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.

 

Merry Christmas: 1913

Merry Christmas: 1913

        The colorized Christmas tree is back, 107 years after its debut in Madison Square. Happy holidays from Shorpy!

New York, December 1913. "Christmas tree, Madison Square." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Noel, Iola: 1944

Noel, Iola: 1944

On this Christmas Eve eve, we travel back 76 years for a visit with the First Lady of Shorpy, Iola Swinnerton. Some two decades after her bathing-pageant days, she is still radiating beauty and cheer. Scroll down to the comments for more of Iola's life story. View full size.

"STONE WOMAN" ENJOYS
CHRISTMAS PREPAREDNESS

        CHICAGO (Dec. 23, 1944) -- Mrs. Iola Swinnerton Warren, who suffered the illness known as myositis ossificans after inoculation for typhoid following a Florida hurricane, watches her husband Theron V. Warren and little nephew Herbert Taylor trim Christmas tree. (Acme Newspictures photo.)

 

Modern Family: 1914

Modern Family: 1914

        The globular tree, the unhinged affect, the undercurrent of barely suppressed rage -- yes, it's our annual holiday missive from the family of Washington lawyer Raymond Dickey! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.

"Dickey tree, 1914." Our fifth Christmas visit with the family of Washington lawyer Raymond Dickey, whose portraits mix equal parts Chekhov and Addams with a dash of Dickens. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Three's Company: 1940

Three's Company: 1940

December 1940. "Construction workers at Hercules powder plant in their room in boardinghouse. Radford, Virginia." Acetate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Night Coach: 1941

Night Coach: 1941

December 24, 1941. Washington, D.C. "Greyhound bus terminal on Christmas eve. Little girl waiting." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Lit: 1941

Lit: 1941

December 24, 1941. Washington, D.C. "Greyhound bus terminal on the day before Christmas. Waiting to board the bus to Richmond." Acetate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 
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