Best Christmases Ever: Twenty Color Photos from Holidays Gone By

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A little girl by a Christmas tree, photographed by H.B. Wills on 10 December, 1914. Color plate, assembly (two-color Kodachrome) process. Courtesy Eastman Museum.
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“Bill, Emily & E.S. Dec. 25, 1951.” Courtesy Shorpy Historical Photo Archive.

Everyday Life of American Men in the 1950s (12)
Dad in high-waisted trousers and a Christmas sweater, circa 1945.
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A new cowboy in town on Christmas Day, circa 1955.
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A colorized late Victorian Christmas, circa 1895. (It appears the gentleman at right is the same man in the portrait at left.)
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Members of the Nichols family and their silver foil tree, 1967.
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A J. C. Penney department store welcomed holiday shoppers with this light display during the mid-1960s.
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A Christmas display in 1942. Courtesy Library of Congress.
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Holy Cow! Christmas morning, 1951.
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An atmospheric Christmas Eve image that dates to about 1942.
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Members of the Young family, Christmas morning 1968.
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Macy’s department store, New York City, December 1959.
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A lovely lady in red and her doggo by the tree, circa 1948. (Snow is visible through the window, making the scene even more perfect.)
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Christmastime in Pittsburgh, Crawford County, Kansas. Circa 1970.
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On Christmas Day, a boy enjoyed the spoils. Circa 1955.
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A decorated home, probably in Florida, circa 1960.
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A beautiful Christmas bride, mid-1950s.
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Loved ones together in 1947.
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A faux-white tree, big hair, and an angry wee beastie, 1970.
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Jim and Jack Hardman and their Christmas train set. Taken in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, 1946.

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Author: Ann Longmore-Etheridge

Writer, journalist, editor, historian.

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