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

18 December, 2013

Stereographs of Christmas

Stereographs were the mass entertainment of their day, so it is little surprise that, like mass entertainment today, they hopped on the Christmas bandwagon this time of year (though their Santa was a bit thinner than ours!).



New York Public Library

H. Spears Christmas tree with toys, 1873. Source




New York Public Library

Toys set up in a Christmas-decorated room. Source




Library of Congress

"Something for all, I have something for all." c. 1897. Source





Library of Congress

"I wish you all a Merry Christmas." Source




New York Public Library

Toys in front of a Christmas tree. Source




Library of Congress

"Christmas morning." Source



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"Dreaming of Santa Claus." Source




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"The Christmas Carol." Source




Library of Congress

"Christmas day in the morning." Source




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"Santa Claus-- 'Good Bye.' " Source




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"Santa Claus telephoning for supplies." Source




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"Santa Claus captured." Source



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"Santa looking up those who are good." Source




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"The Christmas tea party." Source




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"Christmas morning." Source





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"Hello! Santa Claus." Source



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"Our pets dream of Santa Claus." Source


2 comments:

Honeysuckelle said...

These are so lovely, thanks for sharing them.

<3Rachel

Historical Ken said...

I love stereographs and long to get some of Christmas like you have here. Thanks for posting.
Ken

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