Category Archives: holidays

Santa Speaks!

Listen to vintage recording of Santa Claus’ Voice! Tis the season for Christmas carols and familiar holiday favorites, but did you know Santa Claus recorded for Victor Records? Gilbert Girard, 1913. Jim Walsh Collection, Recorded Sound Section. Well, not really. Gilbert Girard was a talented performer who frequently recorded children’s records with popular recording artist Len Spencer.  He also […]

1949 Rockefeller Center Tree Was the Craziest Christmas Tree Ever

It wouldn’t be Christmas at all without the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Every year, the holiday display at Rockefeller Center grew bigger, brighter and more extravagant. Sparkling in the distance, a 75-foot silver sprayed Norway spruce glows after its 7,500 bulbs were lit for the first time at Rockefeller Center on December […]

18 Vintage Christmas Photos from the 1940s and 1950s That Will Make You Feel Warm and Nostalgic

Whether it’s the tinseled trees, the heartfelt gifts, or just the general kind-hearted and simple spirit of the times, no era captured the true essence of Christmas quite like the 1940s and 1950s.     You might also like these vintage Norway Christmas postcards. (via Country Living)

Julekort: 21 Vintage Norwegian Christmas Postcards From the Early 20 Century

Did you know that the tradition of giving Christmas cards started with the Victorians? In fact, a lot of our modern day Christmas traditions started in the Victorian era. But in those days most of the Christmas cards were still homemade, just like most of the gifts were. The tradition of giving gifts goes back […]

Candid Snapshots From 1978 Gay Halloween Party in Sacramento

In the words of the lesbian poet and scholar Judy Grahn, Halloween is ‘the great gay holiday’ or Gay Halloween. Before Halloween existed, the night before All Hallows Day (All Saints Day), was linked to the ancient Celtic festival ‘Samhain’ in the British Isles, meaning ‘summer’s end’. And because the celebration is associated with mystery, […]