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Rollin with his wife and eight children.
People in this photo:
Rollin Nesmith, Jr.
Apr 23, 1926 - around Jan 3, 1971
Pasadena, CA, United States
Grandpa Sterling Wing Lockwoood with Grandma Theresa Dorothy Kapudjija Lockwood
I find this interesting as the card is drawn but real photo faces were used.
Rosemary Clooney starred alongside Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen in White Christmas in 1954. It was the first film to be shot in Paramount's VistaVision process with color by Technicolor. The film boasted more than 15 songs. Lucky for Danny Kaye, Donald O'Connor became sick and was unable to shoot the film after Fred Astaire declined the project. Even though Vera-Ellen's character Ellen played the younger sister to Betty (Rosie Clooney), Rosemary Clooney was 7 years younger. The film took in $12 million dollars in 1954. Tickets were approximately 25¢ for children under 12 and 50¢ for over 12 & adults.
People in this photo:
Rosemary Clooney
May 23, 1928 - June 2002
A photo of Cameron & a Christmas tree, 12/15/22
Christmas trees and decorations. Santa Claus seated with toys on his lap. Santa Claus holding Mayflower Hotel.
A photo of Christmas shopping crowds. Gadsden, Alabama
A photo of a room with their Christmas tree - Harold Lloyd Estate, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, CA
People in this photo:
Harold Lloyd
1893 - 1971
Beverly Hills, CA
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
People in this photo:
Santa Claus
Born: around 300
A picture of Santa Claus making toys in 1907. You can see he hasn't gotten fat yet - and don't you love the toys and dolls that he's making? I bet they're worth money now . . . Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Underwood and Underwood
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Santa Claus
Born: around 300
Shared on Dec 17, 2011 by:
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
Secretary of War Harry H. Woodring and his wife with their children Cooper Coolidge, Marcus, and Melissa. The children are opening presents on Christmas Eve, 1937. Is it me, or does the oldest boy have more interesting presents than his sister? He has a whole train set with buildings - she has a . . . book?? Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Harris and Ewing.
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A peddler on the streets of New York City in 1910 at Christmas time. I don't know what he's selling but he's surrounded by young boys so it has to be a neat toy - perhaps a whirligig (it kind of looks like one in the peddler's hand)? A 1910 Christmas - and shopping and merchandising were as important as now! Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Bain Collection
Christmas Greetings from the Sheridans!
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These are not my relative...photo found in an antique shop in Snohomish, Wa. Back of Christmas card says " Season's Greetings from the J.L. Nupp family..taken at Tacoma Washington at Uncle George Snyder's place..." Boys in photo are Franklin and Warren Nupp. Father is Joseph Lloyd Nupp (1888-1978) and mother is Hazel Corinne Snyder (1893-1985)
Christmas 1958; from left to right, Ronda Lou, Harry Denton, and Olive Minerva.
People in this photo:
Harry Denton Harold
Born: Dec 19, 1918
A photo of Louis Daniel Armstrong "Christmas in Harlem."
People in this photo:
Louis Daniel Armstrong
Aug 4, 1901 - 1971
A Christmas Photo card in 1955? Yes, if your Dad was a commercial photographer! My Dad make several photo Christmas cards with his own photos of me. They may be all the rage now, but they were unique back then. Burbank Studios in Boston, Ken Burbank was my father. Well done, Dad!
People in this photo:
Kenneth William Burbank
Jul 4, 1916 - Jun 9, 1986
A photo of the Obenberger children - Jane, 5 1/2. Nancy, 4. Karl 2 1/2 - Christmas 1964
People in this photo:
Jane Obenberger
Born: 1959
This is a photo of Wolf & Dessauer's Santa added by Kate Schweikle on September 29, 2019.
This is a photo of Wolf & Dessauer's Santa added by Kate Schweikle on September 29, 2019.
A photo of the Herbert Taylor family, Christmas 1951
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A photo of Erna Schlavin's family
People in this photo:
Erna Schlavin
Jul 7, 1917 - Mar 5, 1991
Chicago, IL
A photo of Paul Marthe Sr
People in this photo:
Paul Marthe Sr
Born: 1956
This is an unsent postcard for Christmas. It reads: May your way through life be free from strife, and all your days with pleasure be, what more, my friend, could I wish thee? It's not dated, but probably early 1900's. On the back it says: A postcard of good cheer. A stamp today sends me away.
A photo of Joseph George Scheib, Ida Elsie Sigal-Scheib, David Joseph JR and George Scheib - christmas early 1950's
People in this photo:
Joseph George Scheib
May 6, 1914 - Mar 11, 1992
A photo of Genevieve G Myers
People in this photo:
Genevieve G Myers
Oct 10, 1934 - Dec 9, 1999
Trabuco Canyon, CA, United States
Christmas in Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio in the 1950's. Probably taken in about December 1952. And a photograph of the photographer, Joseph "Joe" Cella (Journal News) while he is taking the photograph. The photo was taken of High Street looking east. He is standing on top of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument near the Great Miami River. You can still see patches of snow in the photo of High St.
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Unidentified children looking in a store window during the Christmas season in Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio in the 1940's (or 50's). The photo can be found at the Lane Public Library in Hamilton. Take notice to the car in the reflection in the window.
Elvin Charles Tuttle with his sister, Shirley Ann Tuttle in about December 1951 during the Christmas season when he was 3 years old and she was 1 year and 11 months old (she turned 2 years old in Jan 1952). The photo was taken in Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio and most likely at Roemer's Hardware on Pleasant Ave in the Lindenwald area of Hamilton.
People in this photo:
Elvin Charles Tuttle
Oct 30, 1948 - 2003
A Christmas card photo of the Medley & Mildred Ward family in 1959.
People in this photo:
Medley Ernest Ward
Nov 14, 1908 - Aug 17, 2002
McVille, ND
A photo of the Anders Augustson family at Christmas.
People in this photo:
Sarah Almira (Lewis) Augustson
Sep 18, 1894 - Sep 12, 1994
A photo of Pauline E Tibbetts
People in this photo:
Pauline E Tibbetts
May 11, 1926 - Feb 28, 2005
Medford, MA, Usa
A photo of My mom and me She made everything beautiful. June 22, 2018 ~ Today would have been your 95th birthday... Not a day goes by that I don't miss you. I love you Mom......
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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.
People in this photo:
Zachariah Thomas Mackey Hargis
Feb 16, 1884 - Jun 16, 1962
A photo of Harry G. Haight with Santa. The date is very early 1940's, Denver, Colorado. Son of Rose Bellender and Harry G. Haight, Sr.
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A photo of a Christmas toy display in Woolworth's window in 1935.
a photo of a couple of boys enchanted by the Christmas window display in New York City.
A photo of women window shopping in the 1950's during Christmas.
A photo of Christmas shoppers, dressed "to the nines" in 1913 New York.
A photo of a young (rich?) girl, shopping for Christmas with a helper carrying the packages!
A photo of shoppers looking at the Christmas decorations in the window of Macy's in 1948.
A photo still of Loretta Young from the 1947 movie "The Bishop's Wife". Such a great movie - Cary Grant was the angel and David Niven was her husband, the Bishop, who prayed for a new church.
People in this photo:
Loretta Young
Jan 6, 1913 - Aug 12, 2000
A photo of women Christmas shopping in 1937 London. Love their coats! (And the dress in the window.)
A photo of the Brandeis Department Store at Christmastime in the 1960's. What a great train!
A photo in a New York City store after Christmas shoppers have left.
A photo of a family Christmas (window) shopping in Los Angeles CA in 1941.
A photo of the Christmas shopping crowds in New York City in 1939.
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