Celebrations

Photos documenting holidays, special events, and celebrations. See more...


Whether these holidays have religious or secular roots, they are times when family comes together and memories are made. Before the advent of photography, we didn't have a way to see what happened. Now, of course, we have over a century of visual recollections.

Hanging a stocking for Santa to fill around 1901. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; Merry Christmas Eve everyone, from our family to yours -1901
A photo of Flathead Native Americans (Salish) holding a pre-Christmas family gathering on the west side of Glacier National Park, in the dense forest of evergreen trees that skirt the Rocky Mountains
Preparing for the Fourth of July, this young girl has an arm full of fireworks and an American flag. This snapshot of a young patriot girl was taken in 1906.
A photo of a little girl that was taken for Easter in Norway, 1916.
Added Apr 6, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
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A photo of a lodging house in New York City at Christmas time.
A photo of the Hauck Christmas tree that was found in the Library of Congress. It's estimated that this photo was taken between 1910 and 1935. This photo was a gift to the LOC by Herbert A French in 1947.
A photo of women Christmas shopping in New York City in 1945.
Added Dec 13, 2016 by: Kathy Pinna
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A photo titled the "Beggar Boy's Thanksgiving" - Boy with sandwich & apple.
Thanksgiving maskers were children who dressed up on the last Thursday of November and begged for fruit and money. (This was before Halloween was celebrated.) There was a large uproar about this practice - newspapers denounced parents who allowed their children to follow this "hooligan" practice. These children look like they were having fun! Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Bain News Service
A KKK parade in Washington D.C. taken on August 8th 1925
Added Jan 11, 2012 by: Ancient Faces
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Rachel Easingwood's tenth birthday party, 1908, New York State.
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A photo of Irene Rich with Santa Claus, December 1925 Irene Rich was an actress who performed in silent films and "talkies." She also worked in radio. Married 4 times, she had 1 child in each of her first 2 marriages. She died at the age of 96(!) in 1988.
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c. 300 - Unknown 300 - Unknown
A photo of New Year's Eve in a cafe circa 1910 - 1915.
Preston, Iowa on the 4th of July circa 1900: This is a very old and worn postcard photo of the Main Street of Preston Iowa on the 4th of July.
Christmas around 1900: A photo of a young girl looking up a chimney entitled "where Santa Lives." I'm sure that this is a staged portrait but what a wonderful picture of Christmas around the turn of the 19th century! Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, W.H. Partridge
Added Dec 9, 2011 by: Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Santa Claus, Zachariah Thomas Mackey Hargis, and maybe Shirley Temple(?) taken by American Photo Service, Hollywood, California #AP-5512. Zack was in some older movies, posed for painters, worked circus and sideshows. I have tried to identifly the little girl from family photos and found her not to be a family member. I have wondered if this was Shirley Temple sitting on his lap.
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Feb 16, 1884 - Jun 16, 1962 1884 - 1962
A photo of Annie Jacobs and cousin Gertie Fritz in a Christmas Pageant, Cedarville, Modoc County, CA. Costumes made by her mother a former dressmaker in France.
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Jan 19, 1889 - Sep 25, 1988 1889 - 1988
A 1906 stereograph of Santa with two girls . . .and a lot of neat dolls and toys! This is a staged photo but it looks like an authentic set with authentic toys. . .and the authentic Santa! ;) Stereograph courtesy of the Library of Congress, Underwood and Underwood
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c. 300 - Unknown 300 - Unknown
Added Dec 19, 2011 by: Kathy Pinna
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A photo of women Christmas shopping in 1937 London. Love their coats! (And the dress in the window.)
Added Dec 13, 2016 by: Kathy Pinna
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My mother's first visit with Santa all wrapped up for warmth along with her fur muff
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