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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Oh it has been a while since this poor little community saw any action. Didn't even quite get to it for Christmas. Perhaps a new vintage New Year's images will make up for it.

Even for the Mummer's Parade this is kind of weird.
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Judging by the Bettie Page lookalike, I'm guessing 1950s.
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Perhaps the late 1960s or early 1970s. The kid on the left is probably now in his/hers 50s and was deeply embarrassed by the goings-on.
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Balloon animals in unfortunate places.
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And they got lei'd.
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Is it just me, or did people seem to have more fun back then?
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WHERE DOES THE TIME GO?

Oh dear, it seems like a very long time since this community saw any updates! I will try to do better. In the meantime, here are some weird old Halloween photos.

It says Halloween, 1910. This is weird. Or maybe everyone just wanted to look like a bag.
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Unsure what the man is supposed to be? She looks like she's dressed as an opera singer.
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The Pumpkin Head is pretty weird.
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What is this?
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Um.
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It says Bibendeums, Montmartre 1922.
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Mmmm okay.
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I get the mushroom thing but what's with the guy living under the mushrooms?
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So what are you doing New Year's Eve? Watching the ball drop from the comfort of your sofa because you just didn't get invited to a good party? Well, take a step back in time, when they really knew how to whoop it up.

These gals must have been freezing.

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Probably the 1940s. How do you get confetti out of your hair?

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1930s or 1940s.

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1950s.

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1941.

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World War II.

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1950s.

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1950s.

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So get out there tonight and party like it's 1949!

NOSTALGIC CHRISTMAS PHOTOS

Oh dearie me, poor little community, so long neglected! Here are a few photos from out of the past:

I love the simple, practical but well-designed clothes these kids are wearing.

3. The predictable gifts. Dolls for girls...

Something about this photo makes me think it was taken in England.

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Tinsel that really draped well.

The trees enshrouded in tinsel.

Does anyone dress up for Christmas dinner any more? And if not, why not?

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Actual socks, not fancy factory-made stockings! And MORE TINSEL!

The simple stockings hanging off the mantelpiece.

This could be a scene from my hometown many years ago....

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A sweet scene.

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HAPPY HANUKKAH

I did a search for vintage Hanukkah images and was surprised to find so few. If I spelled it Chanukah a few different ones showed up, but mostly the images were modern-day.


Soldiers celebrating Hanukkah outside in Korea.

Soldiers celebrating Hanukah outside in Korea

Chanukah, 1956.

Chanukah, 1956

Making Chanukkah decorations at Temple of Aaron, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1960.

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In London, Jewish Free School students lighting the first night candle back in the 1960s.

Jewish Free School students, lighting the first night candle back in the 1960s.

Apparently a stage musical.

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THANKSGIVING IN THE 1940S

I sometimes feel like I should have been around in the 1940s. That's the decade my parents talked about the most, what it was like during WWII. It was the last gasp, I think, before the really rapid growth of the US took place in that century - along with a dizzying array of modern conveniences, high-speed transportation, suburbia, and so forth. And because I grew up in a rural area, I identify with a lot of these photos.

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VINTAGE FOOD PHOTOS

I have been invited to an engagement party-slash-retro-foods-extravaganza. The theme is Mad Men without the smoking and misogyny, and everyone is supposed to bring a dish made from one of those old cookbooks - you know, the scary cookbooks that involve lots of Spam, pineapple, hot dogs, and "interesting" combinations.

I think the reason everyone was thin back in the 1950s was because the food was so horrible.

I haven't quite decided what to bring (so much bad food! So little time!) but here are a few examples of Cuisine de la Suburbia.

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JUNE 6, 1944

My father served in the army during WWII. I learned a great deal about it from both parents. My mother said that in early June, the homefront suddenly stopped getting news from the war, and everyone knew something big was about to happen. The news of the Allied Invasion of Europe broke on June 6.

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BATHING SUITS

I hate looking for a new bathing suit. The last time (a few years ago) was about as much fun as dental surgery and I wound up spending a shocking amount of money. I suppose that's nothing new.... but in years past, no one worried about how they looked. Everything was covered!

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