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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Holiday season comes to an end January 4, 1965

Woman dumping her Christmas tree, 1965.

Christmas tree unceremoniously dumped curbside come early January. Here’s Patricia Miller disposing of her family tree.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Happy New Year!

New Year's Day card, 1914.

This New Year’s Day card, circa. 1914, comes from the Museum’s Greeting Card Collection.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

New Year’s Eve 1948 In with the new, out with the old …

Photo of a father and his unhappy child, 1948

Staged photograph of Father Time and Baby New Year. Unfortunately, we don’t know the name of either the unhappy toddler.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Santa card, undated

The Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and members of the McLean County Museum of History wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

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Santa in Action, 1953

Action shot of Santa, 1953.

"Action shot” of Santa was taken in Bloomington, demonstrating here how he comes down a chimney without leaving his clothes “all tarnished with ashes and soot.”

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Santa on Parade December 1948

Christmas parade, ft. Santa, 1938.

On December 5, 1948, Santa arrived in Bloomington. Today, the one-story building right behind Santa is J' soul BBQ.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Christmas 1953

Two toddler on Christmas, 1953.

The Pantagraph ran a series of Christmas Day photographs such as this one, yet these two toddlers were not identified.

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Toy, toys, and more toys Christmastime 1953

Christmas shoppers, 1953

Downtown Bloomington holiday shoppers in mid-December 1953.

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Holiday Shopping Downtown Bloomington, December 1953

Christmas shoppers, 1953

Shoppers out and about downtown Bloomington in mid-December 1953

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Santa No Replacement for Mama Downtown Bloomington, December 4, 1948

Crying child sits on Santa's lap, 1948

Santa arrived by train to Bloomington and spent much of the day greeting children. This little girl became separated from her mother, and not even Santa could calm her down.

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