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When Christmas Was in Black & White: 20 Vintage Views of Xmas Past (Photos)

When Xmas Was in Black & White

I don’t know about you, but when I think of life in the 1920 or 1930s, I have a totally misconceived notion that the world was in black and white or in some sepia toned hue. I know that this is not true. I know that reds, blues, oranges and chartreuses existed, but I just can’t make my mind believe that back in the day life was anything but white, black and various shades of gray.

The reason? Photographs. Images that we see of era are almost always in black and white, making a mental connection especially since you’ve seen images like this all your life.

And since it is “the season,” we are celebrating the holidays with 20 very interesting black and white of images of Christmas past. But beyond the pictures being devoid of color, they give us a historical look at how the season was celebrated back in the day. From skinny Santas to fences around the trees, share these photos with your kids, just make sure you tell them that life really was in color.

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