Vintage Christmas Photos

Dorsey Christmas tree, 1922 LCCN2016847202

Vintage Christmas Photos

We all long for a time past when things were simpler. But really, looking through these old black and white photos we realize things were really never simple. Whether celebrating Christmas through war, illness, or just hard times, we still find ways to find grace in our lives. We get such a nostalgic rush looking back in time, especially on the holidays. Here is a collection of pictures from Christmas’ past.

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It's A Wonderful Life
Screenshot of Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, and Karolyn Grimes in the American film It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).

Christmas-shopping on Fifth Avenue 1900
Christmas shopping on Fifth Avenue, New York 1900
1966 - Hess Brothers Department Store - Christmas - Deck The Halls Enterance - Allentown PA
Hess Brothers Department Store – Christmas – Deck The Halls Enterance – Allentown PA 1966

PP D343 poster by francis day for 'christmas number'
Poster by francis day for ‘christmas number’ 1896
Father Christmas at T. Armstrong & Co. premises
Father Christmas at T. Armstrong & Co. premises. Date circa 1930
Old Father Christmas, or The Cave of Mystery, Illustrated London News 1866
Old Father Christmas or The Cave of Mystery. 22 December 1866

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Martin Luther’s Christmas Tree
Steel engraving of Martin Luther’s Christmas Tree, from Sartain’s Magazine, circa 1860
Old Christmas (1916) (14596523769)
Title: Old Christmas Year: 1916 (1910s) Authors: Irving, Washington, 1783-1859
New Year's Day in Old New York (from the Christmas Number of "The Graphic") MET DP861778
George Henry Boughton (1833–1905) Blue pencil.svg wikidata:Q2573180 Title New Year’s Day in Old New York (from the Christmas Number of “The Graphic”) Description Print; Prints December 1882

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Vintage Christmas illustration digitally enhanced by rawpixel-com-17

Family group with Christmas tree LCCN2016887036
Family group with Christmas tree 1921 Harris & Ewing, photographer

McCall's magazine cover, family arriving in the kitchen for the holidays
Nickolas Muray Title: McCall’s magazine cover, family arriving in the kitchen for the holidays Date: 1939
Old Christmas (1916) (14780841114)
Title: Old Christmas Year: 1916 (1910s) Authors: Irving, Washington, 1783-1859
Red Cross workers packing Christmas presents for the Fighting Forces during World War II, October 1942.

 

Christmas Brings Union, cartoon, 24 December 1887 Wellcome V0050354
Christmas Brings Union, cartoon, 24 December 1887
Programme (1921) (14784796745)
Title: Programme Year: 1881 (1880s) Authors: Boston Symphony Orchestra

Mabel Suffield Christmas Card
Handwritten Christmas card with a coloured photo of the Tolkien family, sent by Mabel Tolkien from the Orange Free State to her relatives in Birmingham, on November 15, 1892.
GoróLajos-Under the christmas tree
Under the christmas tree. 1900 Lajos Goro Hungarian illustrator and painter

 1870 ChristmasTree byEhninger HarpersBazaar

 

Christmas 1960
Babe Paley with her four children (William and Kate Paley are in the middle) on Christmas Day, 1960.
Christmas, trumpet, bicycle, toy soldier, toy, family, kid, present, interior, christmas tree, tableau, woman Fortepan 28229
1935 Christmas Toys

'Merry Christmas' (16031916502)
16 December 2014, 16:02 ‘Merry Christmas’ Archives New Zealand from New Zealand
Christmas, family, Christmas candy, christmas tree, fondness, tableau, toy soldier, Lineol-brand Fortepan 5396
Photo by Kurutz Márton.1932
Christmas, interior, furniture, christmas tree, dance Fortepan 5418
Christmas Dance Kurutz Márton. 1962
Canon Hammond Christmas poor relief appeal tent. December 1938, by Sam Hood (5199872935) (cropped)
Australian childrenChristmas in New South Wales 1938

Fancy dress Christmas party, n.d. - by Sam Hood (3081697760)
Fancy Dress Christmas Party State Library of New South Wales collection 1935

StateLibQld 1 212620 Photograph of a mother and child used on the front cover of The Queenslander Christmas supplement in 1915
Photograph of a mother and child used on the front cover of The Queenslander Christmas supplement in 1915. Image of a mother and child at home in the bedroom surrounded by images of war

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Die Gartenlaube (The Garden Arbor) 1871
A Christmas carol (1900) (14779696202)
Title: A Christmas carol Year: 1900 (1900s) Authors: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 Coburn, Frederick Simpson
Crimean War, Sebastopol; Christmas Dinner before the Battle Wellcome V0015439
Crimean War, Sebastopol: Christmas Dinner before the Battle of Sebastopol. Tinted lithograph by J.A. Vinter, 1855, after W. Simpson.

The next to go. Fight tuberculosis! Red Cross Christmas seal campaign LCCN2015646531
The next to go. Fight tuberculosis! Red Cross Christmas seal campaign 1919
SLNSW 25903 RPA Hospital Christmas
RPA Hospital Christmas Date December 1944
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Christmas 1937

New Orleans 1944 - Christmas Packages for the Troops
WAVE Ensign Sarah B. Corkern, USNR, on duty at Fleet Post Office in New Orleans, stands in front of a big pile of mail sacks filled with packages destined for delivery to Navy Bluejackets by Christmas, 1944.
U.S. Army Hospital Center, Allerey, France, Red Cross hut, filling Christmas stockings (17681972002)
U.S. Army Hospital Center, Allerey, France, Red Cross hut, filling Christmas stockings

The token - a Christmas and New Year's present (1830) (14592271160)
The token : a Christmas and New Year’s present 1830 Authors: Goodrich, Samuel G,
View of crowd at ceremonies for the lighting of the White House Christmas tree. - NARA - 199655
View of crowd at ceremonies for the lighting of the White House Christmas tree. 24 December 1947
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the south lawn of the White House
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the south lawn of the White House. The Washington Monument is in the background. Seated on the front row are Secretary of Commerce Averell Harriman (left) and Secretary of Agriculture Clinton Anderson (third from the left). Date 24 December 1947
Harry Roseland - Christmas Morning
Harry Roseland Dated verso: Alonzo E. DuPell and family / 156 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, N. York / Christmas Morning-1915
Grandpa's visit Christmas morning
Family with toys in front of Christmas tree. Date Phildelphia : Griffith & Griffith, c1897.
Bing Crosby and family 1974 Christmas special
Photo of Bing Crosby and family in a skit from his 1974 Christmas special. From left: Mary Frances, Nathaniel, Bing, Kathryn and Harry. Crosby has four sons from his first marriage. Date November 1974
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