Kodachrome Christmas from Jeff Altman on Vimeo.

Rebecca found this Christmas video…no sound, but the images are classic. And, as she says: “The color is terrific. The barkcloth! The red leather chair!” Source: Kodachrome Christmas from Jeff Altman on Vimeo.

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  1. Elaine says:

    Great pix! I was struck by the matching outfits and perfect hair, and the very well dressed parents. After waiting all night for the kids to get to sleep, setting up the presents, and then getting up with the super excited kids in the pre-dawn hours, we mostly only could manage PJs.

    I do have a snapshot from Christmas 1950 which has my mom all dolled up and me in a matching dress. No perm though. My brother at six months wasn’t dressed up. Those were the days.

    I went through the Lustron pix, and near the end, there is a picture of my DOG! It’s amazingly like, attitude and all, except for the docked tail. Of course, not really, or she would be one record breaking old dog. Those were really good pix of that time, the clothes, hair, games, everything.

  2. gavin hastings says:

    Ok….I don’t feel like a slug anymore.

    Upon REPEATED viewings, I have decided that there are two sets of adults here….and it is dark outside. So either this film is from some country with 6 months of winter darkness or it is Christmas Eve.

    Kudos to the parents none the less. I hope that wind-up monkey with the cymbals “magically” disappeared!

  3. MrsErinD says:

    Oh that was amazing Pam, thanks for posting!! So cute! It makes me smile.

    Boy now that makes me want to redecorate with tropical barkcloth LOL! Those drapes and lampshade (yes I wish I could see the lamp too!) are just dreamy! Yes, ebay has lots of tropical barkcloth, I bought 5yds of vtg 40s hibiscus in 2 pieces but orginally wanted pillows so cut up to make them and a few valances, but wish I had kept it to make short drapes, ugh. Hmm maybe I will change things out in summer with that, lol.

  4. MrsErinD says:

    Oh forgot, and did you see those aqua walls at the beginning in the dining room, so pretty! glad to see I did right with that, and the decorations are the best, such a sweet family!

  5. Maureenog says:

    I don’t even think I can express the joy I feel at seeing this video! Thank you! It’s hilarious. I agree with the other person who said… it was wonderfully tidy housewives like that who preserved all those wonderful items we can love now!

  6. nina462 says:

    I love the drapes! Actually I saw some at a local antique store this weekend (I’m going back for the console tv). This is just precious! And I’ll bet all those toys were made in the USA and the plastic on those (howdy doody figures?)…there was no message stating that the ‘plastic is not a toy’. This was just precious! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Terri says:

    This looked much like our 1967 Christmas! I had those scary clown/jester toys that were propped up against the fireplace. They had plastic faces and satin bodies…they were just creepy. The only thing missing on the ladies were the corsages that looked like package ties!
    As a mom of two younger kids, the melting toddler was PERFECT!!!
    This was just wonderful!! Happy Holidays!

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