Thursday, December 3, 2009

A tale of Christmas' past

Complaining about not finding the right gifts for my family is a favorite past time of mine. I have much difficulty, especially with my parents. Well, recently I was blabbering about not knowing what to give my folks and my friend and neighbor suggested I buy a print off of Shorpy, a website that offers "vintage, high resolution photographs" that are archivally printed and ready to frame. After take a peek at this website, not only am I convinced this would make a perfect gift for my parents, I'm enthralled with all of the lovely images of real people, in real moments, living a long and rich history.

I found some images of Christmas and thought they'd be a nice reflection of where we've come from...
Christmas with Wilbur and Orville: 1900

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Just What I Always Wanted: 1901

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A Lodging House Christmas : 1914

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Church of the Nativity: 1940

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And a Bone for Fido: 1923

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New images are posted regularly here. Images are ready to purchase here.
I have to admit, that last image is making my heart melt...

23 comments:

Kris said...

That's a fantastic idea! And what great photos. I could spend hours on this site!

TERI REES WANG said...

That tree has some major drama swags!

Callie Grayson said...

very cool site, love the nativity church 1940. the lighting is fantastic!!
xx
callie

Brittney said...

wow I just bought 3 prints before I knew what hit me. My new favorite site. I got "Greaseball," "White House Dog," and "Holdouts." (Notice a theme here?)

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

Ha-ha, that little girl looks miserable! Beautiful images.

Simply Mel said...

The last image is the BEST ever!

Iva said...

these are so amazing. The light in the 4th is remarkable...and the last is just too cute for words!

Gabby said...

Wow, how cool! And yes, that last picture turned my heart into a big ole puddle!

Maggie May said...

How wonderful!

Pixel Wild Child said...

Oh! wow! unbelievable photos... a bit creepy too! ;O) I am amazed at the first pic, the ceiling looks like a floor!

Courtney said...

Oh my goodness - these are fantastic! I especially love "Add a Bone for Fido" (so sweet)!

nicole addison said...

that last image is just precious:)

Moomby said...

thank you so much for sharing this website! their images are gorgeous

Federica said...

Very beautiful images!
Happy weekend :)

LENORENEVERMORE said...

Love these Christina...adore the sepia brown from old photographs!
xo*

drollgirl said...

gah! THESE ARE PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sam said...

Wow! These are superb!!! :)

Caitlin said...

Awesome pics. The top one of the tree has been one of my favorites for awhile!

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

Love these! Especially that top one and the church. And what a great gift they will make too!

xo

Kotori said...

I'm with you... that last image is so ridiculously cute!

Diana said...

This is such a great idea! It reminds me to get it for the person that has everything and needs nothing!

Jessica said...

The photo of the church is my favorite. And I love the pouty little girl in the Just What I Always Wanted photo!

The Cottage Cheese said...

Wow. WOW. The photograph of the church is fantastic, and you know that last pic with the praying boy and pup makes my heart melt too!

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