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

25 December, 2012

Merry Christmas!

A selection of (not-previously-featured) Christmas photos! Wishing everyone a lovely day!


State Library and Archives Florida

Santa Claus in Florida, 1965. Source


The National Library of Wales

Boys with Christmas lanterns, Knighton, Wales, 1952. Source


Nationaal Archief

Kids regarding a Christmas tree, the Netherlands, no date. Source




Nationaal Archief

Little boys carrying presents, the Netherlands, 1958-63. Source



Nationaal Archief

Saint Nicholas visits a mother and child, the Netherlands, 1925. Source



Nationaal Archief

A little boy buying a little Christmas tree, Amsterdam, 1966. Source



Nationaal Archief

Christmas lights in Amsterdam, 1960s. Source



Library of Congress

Christmas at a soldier's hospital in Berlin, 1910-1915 (though as it's from an American picture agency, presumably pre-WWI) Source




Cars piled with presents, the Netherlands, undated. Source



National Archives of Norway

A scene from “Reisen til julestjernen” (The Journey to the Christmas Star), a Norwegian Christmas classic, 1957. Source



State Library and Archives Florida

Mailbox full of presents, Myakka Park, Florida, 1965. By Jospeh Janey Steinmetz. Source



State Library and Archives Florida

A photomontage Christmas card from the family of photographer Joseph Janey Steinmetz, Florida, 1934. (this was a tradition-- see 1937 and 1950!) Source



National Archives of Norway

Opening Christmas presents, Norway, 1957. Source



National Archives of Norway

A Christmas tree at Furukollen Sanatorium, Norway, 1929. Source



National Archives of Norway

Christmas at the Norweigien hospital in London, WWII. What I find affecting about this picture is that it's clearly staged, with everyone playing their part in the tableau--except that young man in the bed front right, who just stares at the camera. I feel there's so much behind that gaze.  Source



National Archives of Norway

The first Norwegian Christmas tree in Trafalgar square, 1947 (Norway has sent one every year since). Source



National Archives of Norway

Children in front of the tree, photo postcard, c. 1912. Source



Nationaal Archief

Christmas at the British Western Front, WWI. Source



Swedish Heritage Board

A Christmas market in the Old Town of Stockholm, 1937. Source



Nationaal Archief

Kids celebrating Christmas at school, the Netherlands, 1966. Source



State Library and Archives Florida

Santa picking oranges, Florida (of course), 1965. Source



State Library and Archives Florida

A child looks up a Christmas chimney, Tallahassee, Florida, c. 1960. Source



2 comments:

Ana said...

Aw, this is such a sweet series of pictures ^_^ .

(And it's great seeing the Steinmetzes grow change :D .)

Merry Christmas!

Courtney Whiteside said...

Feels like the Christmas season is in the house, if it's designed like this one. Also the idea of Santa Claus passing by through the window giving gifts is just interesting. Perhaps, we should try doing that one for the next Christmas.

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