For Christmas, vintage photos
Every year I like to decorate my computer for the holidays.
In years past it took the form of holiday-themed applications and dashboard widgets.
But this year I’ve got a minimal mac thing going on. So I thought I’d “decorate” with some vintage holiday photos.
I ran across Shorpy which has a wealth of vintage photos and thought I’d share my selects with you as a gift for the holidays:
Winter Palace: 1933 — Great composition, and New York, especially, old New York, feels Christmassy.
Sixth Avenue Shopppers: 1903 — Mall schmall, these people shopped with horses!
Broadway Santa: 1902 — A reminder that this is a time for giving. Also, Cubanola cigars and hats apparently.
Wide Christmas: 1920 — No matter how much you decorated your tree, these folks have you beat. Beat.
Blade Runners: 1919 — Great contrast with the white ice, and the blurry skater in the foreground adds a hint of abstractness.
Kay Jewlers: 1919 — Jane Seymour and her open heart surger^H^H^H^H jewelry are nowhere to be found.
Best Christmas Ever: 1922 — That kid made out like a bandit, no matter what year it is.
Five and Ten: 1921 — “Take a look in the five-and-ten, glistening once again”
Winter Wonderland: 1908 — Tell me you don’t want to hop on one of those streetcars with a parcel wrapped up in brown paper. Go on, tell me!
Iowa City in the Snow: 1940: Possibly my favorite. It’s straight out of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
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