History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

10 December, 2011

The Office Christmas Party

It's that time of year. 1948, an insurance broker firm in New York City. 


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Company vice president leading a conga line. Source



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Company president dancing with secretary. Source



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Company vice president dancing with stenographer. Source



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Under the mistletoe! Source



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"Joe Menroe (R) brandishing pair of pink cotton pants he got from office Santa Claus at Christmas party." All right then. Source



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"Max Sherman (R) getting soda bottle tangled in pink drawers at office party." Um, what? Source



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The lone worker at his desk. Source



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Taking a rest. Source



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Assistant department head and stenographers, after many a drink, I'm guessing. Source

3 comments:

Mrs. Florence said...

Those are the best ...and most hysterical...Christmas pictures ever. I LOVE them...And what I really LOVE are the shoes on the secretary up there dancing with her boss! Gorgeous!

Monica Bremer said...

That conga line is hilarious! It's quite funny to see people in serious office attire having fun in a conga line. In any case, it's a fascinating glimpse into the past. That photo is proof that it's best to celebrate the holidays with a fun party.

Anna said...

Glad you like them! I was thrilled to find them, I love seeing people from long ago being silly and having fun (especially in nice shoes! :) ).

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