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December 3, 2016

18 Stunning Vintage Photographs That Show How New Yorkers Celebrated the Holidays in the Past

There's nothing quite like Christmas in New York to get us all misty-eyed and nostalgic. Here, below is a collection of 20 stunning vintage shots of Gotham in holiday mode to compliment our modern-day photos of Christmas in NYC.


Christmas tree lot, December 1903. 

Children with sleds in Central Park, 1914.

Macy's holiday windows, between ca. 1908 and ca. 1917.

The Mall, Central Park, between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915.

Christmas shoppers on 5th Avenue at 42nd Street, between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915.

Christmas tree in Madison Square Park, between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915.

Central Park, between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915.

Union Square between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915.

Holiday Windows, ca 1920.

The first Rockefeller Christmas tree, December 1931.

Rockefeller Center Rink, 1936.

Macys Christmas shoppers, December 1942.

New York Public Library lion with holiday wreath, ca. 1940s - 1950s.

Rockefeller Christmas Tree, ca. 1940.

Macys Christmas shoppers, December 1942.

Times Square, view from 46th Street at night, December 26, 1947.

Washington Square Park with holiday tree, circa 1950s.

Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, 1964.



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