Sepia Saturday

Each week* Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers with an image like the one of Christmas trees above.

I was inspired to find nostalgic photos of Christmas trees.

Christmas Tree
. , None. [Between 1910 and 1935] Photograph.

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Keppler, Udo J., Artist. Our Christmas tree / Keppler
. , 1899. N.Y.: Published by Keppler & Schwarzmann. Photograph.

The illustration above comes from Puck magazine and was probably drawn by Joseph Keppler. Depicting geographical regions as children would no fly today.

Dalrymple, Louis, Artist. The Republican Christmas tree / Dalrymple
. , 1895. N.Y.: Published by Keppler & Schwarzmann. Photograph.

Another illustration from Puck. I think it illustrates all the political parties still. New boss, old boss, we still have obedient politicians lining up for their plum positions.

Harris & Ewing, photographer. District Jail Christmas tree
. United States Washington D.C. None. [Between 1921 and 1923] Photograph.

I never thought about jails having Christmas trees. Somehow I doubt they do in our era.

Barker, George, photographer. Christmas Day in the Morning. , ca. 1889. Niagara Falls, N.Y.: Geo. Barker. Photograph.

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9 Responses to Sepia Saturday

  1. mollyscanopy says:

    Love the first photo. My mother was a big model train fan and loved to set it up every year for the holidays, complete with little people and villages. This photo brings back fond memories. Happy Holidays and New Year!


  2. La Nightingail says:

    A wide selections of Christmas tree pictures! Nicely and interestingly done! Christmas trees in jails would be a nice thought, but I can see many different problems with that, so probably not. I had a friend who owned a hotel. At Christmastime she set up a Christmas tree in the parlor surrounded by a wintry village through which a train ran. Folks loved to watch it. The restaurant there was very popular and people often had to wait a while to be seated and the little train running around the tree helped alleviate their restlessness as they watched lights come on and go off as the train wound its way through the village past shops, a church, houses, a farm, and etc.


  3. A fine collection of vintage Christmas trees. I have never seen one before linked with a modern train set apart from ones in shop displays.

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  4. kathyfumc says:

    An interesting set of photos. I was drawn to the first one as well. They had a great plan, with that base to hold both the tree and the train set.


  5. Mike Brubaker says:

    I find the irregular shape and smallish size of these vintage tree interesting. We didn’t put up a free this year, but last December I was amazed at the number of perfectly shaped fir and spruce trees we found at our farmers market. Most of them were 10-12 feet tall, and some were 16+. The tree guy said he had no trouble selling these for $250+ as many people have homes with foyers that have ceilings over 18′ tall! I can’t imagine the number of ornaments and lights. Too extravagant for me. All the best wishes for the new year!

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  6. lulubelleliz says:

    Years ago I remember one of our large department stores used to decorate their windows for Christmas and one window always had a huge train set complete with every accessory you can think of. Sadly this store no longer exists.

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  7. Alex Daw says:

    Christmas can be a difficult time but I would imagine no more difficult than if you were in jail. So sad.


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