Christmas in 1913

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I always wondered how people celebrated Christmas a hundred years ago, without iPads, Instagram and Skype… That’s why I’ve spent some time digging through photo archives. I hope you will enjoy this back in time journey. Happy Holidays!

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The poster on the left says, “Free Christmas dinner for horses and hot coffee for drivers.” The Christmas tree decorated with corn and apples seems to be very tasty.

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Children bring letters to “Santa’s Headquarters” (the historic James Farley Post Office in New York).  The USPS Santa letter answering program started in 1912, to ensure that letters to Santa are received by charitable organizations, major corporations, local businesses and individuals in order to make children’s holiday dreams come true. 

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Today’s kids don’t spend that much of time looking at Christmas cards displayed in stores. However, a hundred years ago, it was a sort of holiday entertainment… Isn’t this better than computer games?

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Holiday time brings nostalgia for the “good old times” and childhood memories. This toy store seems to be eye-catching not only for kids but also for adults.

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This peddler sells decorative birds, which could be used for decorating a Christmas tree. Family shopping for holiday goods is a great tradition! 

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Holiday shoppers…

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Sidewalks in cities are crowded. Santa from The Salvation Army asks for donations…

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Donations were used to provide food to the poor. A holiday basket from The Salvation Army contained turkey, potato, carrots, apples and sometimes chocolate.

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Mobile post offices were widely used across the U.S. in order to speed delivery. They were especially popular during the holiday season.

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Mail carriers look busy… 

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A Christmas dinner menu consisted of a roast goose (or turkey), mashed (or baked) potatoes, apple and raisin stuffing, cranberry (or apple) sauce, olives, plum pudding and a fruit cake. Soups and salads were optional. 

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Christmas trees were gorgeous… And gramophones played old holiday songs. To listen one of them, click here.

Photos:  The Library of Congress, Shorpy.com

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