Christmas Traditions

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Christmas cards and postcards, celebrations, family gatherings, shopping trips, dolls and toys, trees, Santa Claus, even Christmas sweaters - everything that made old time Christmases the joy they were. Remember?

Rollin with his wife and eight children.
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Apr 23, 1926 - c. Jan 3, 1971 1926 - 1971
Added May 15, 2013 by: Debora Simmons
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Grandpa Sterling Wing Lockwoood with Grandma Theresa Dorothy Kapudjija Lockwood
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Nov 23, 1897 - Dec 7, 1972 1897 - 1972
I find this interesting as the card is drawn but real photo faces were used.
Added Dec 25, 2012 by: Arba Morrow
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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.
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May 23, 1928 - June 2002 1928 - 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
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1893 - 1971 1893 - 1971
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 - ?
Added Dec 19, 2011 by: Kathy Pinna
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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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c. 300 - Unknown 300 - ?
Added Dec 17, 2011 by: Kathy Pinna
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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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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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May 31, 1890 - September 1967 1890 - 1967
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
Added Nov 30, 2011 by: Kathy Pinna
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Christmas Greetings from the Sheridans!
Added Oct 6, 2011 by: Pam Marks
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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)
Added Feb 16, 2011 by: Pam Marks
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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
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 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 - ?
A photo of Rudolf & Anna Heidke, Brigitte & Karl Riegeri n the Berlin, Germany home of Rudolf and Anna Klatte Heidke in 1932, Brigitte and Karl-Heinz Rieger enjoy Christmas at their grandparents.
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Jun 11, 1863 - Unknown 1863 - ?
Added Mar 25, 2001 by: Harold Long
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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
Added Dec 23, 2016 by: Kelly Sullivan
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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 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
A drawing in New York City - rich and poor; or, the two Christmas dinners - a scene in Washington Market, sketched from real life. Rich family and poor family buying Christmas dinners.
A photo of a Christmas tree for horses in 1918. In addition to the Christmas tree which was hung with apples, ears of corn and other horse dainties, well filled nose bags were provided.
A photo of child actors in NYC onstage at Christmas time.
A photo in a New York City store after Christmas shoppers have left.
Added Dec 13, 2016 by: Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Harriett Buntain Worley preparing Christmas dinner. Harriett Buntain married Bartholomew Worley in Indiana. They had three kids: Nora, Harry and John Worley. Inscription by son Harry says "Mother preparing Xmas dinner 1913".
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Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Added Feb 19, 2016 by: Lauren Worley
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A photo of a little girl with Santa Claus. On the back is written: Taken Dec the 5th 1922. No other information. But what a fun photo!
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c. 300 - Unknown 300 - ?
Added Jul 30, 2014 by: Summer Owens
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