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Historic Photos of Christmas in Chicago

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In Chicago, as wherever Christmas is celebrated, holiday traditions reflect both universal themes and local color, both the spirit of giving and snow-covered State Street. In 1913, Chicago decorated its first civic Christmas tree, while many others arrived on the fabled “Christmas tree ships” of the era. Holiday shoppers crowded the sidewalks in front of stores such as Marshall Field & Company, Santa Claus held the rapt gaze of children, and churches and charities reached out to the needy. So Christmas was ...

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Overview

In Chicago, as wherever Christmas is celebrated, holiday traditions reflect both universal themes and local color, both the spirit of giving and snow-covered State Street. In 1913, Chicago decorated its first civic Christmas tree, while many others arrived on the fabled “Christmas tree ships” of the era. Holiday shoppers crowded the sidewalks in front of stores such as Marshall Field & Company, Santa Claus held the rapt gaze of children, and churches and charities reached out to the needy. So Christmas was then, and so it has remained. Historic Photos of Christmas in Chicago offers nearly 200 images of the Christmas season in the Windy City, from festive outdoor celebrations to intimate family gatherings. Culled from the archives of the Chicago History Museum, these images depict the city through the years during its annual celebration of this very special holiday, and so provide a chance to look back in time while reflecting on the meaning of Christmas today.

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Big Blend Magazine
Nothing says Christmas like a blanket of snow- seeming to wash away anything not pure and turning what could be drab into beauty. City lights, Christmas decorations, snow and busy shoppers-but, there is more to it than that. Historic Photos of Christmas in Chicago reminds us what this season is truly about. The nearly 200 images of Chicago Christmases is a fun book to look through, whether or not you are a Chicagoan. It sums up the history of an American Christmas, and it is good to look back. While the spirit of Christmas is alive and well, this is a volume that compels you to reflect on what this season means to you.
—Nancy J. Reid
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596525115
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/28/2008
  • Series: Historic Photos Series
  • Pages: 205
  • Sales rank: 495,503
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosemary K. Adams is director of print and multimedia publications at the Chicago History Museum and is the editor-in-chief of Chicago History magazine, the museum's award-winning popular history journal. She is the author of What George Wore Sally Didn't: Surprising Stories From America's Past, and A Wild Kind of Boldness: A Chicago History Reader. Adams has edited numerous Chicago History Museum books and exhibition catalogues, including Becoming American Women; Chicago Goes to War; Go West: Chicago and American Expansion; Chicago: Crossroads of America; Big Picture; and Chic Chicago: Couture Treasures from the Chicago History Museum. She is responsible for the development of the museum's Web site and served as illustration editor of the Encyclopedia of Chicago (2004). A graduate of Dominican University in 1987, Adams received a master's degree from DePaul University in 2002.
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  • Posted February 17, 2009

    Thought and memory provoking. Much more than just another coffee table book

    This was a superb gift selection. This book stimulated conversation and memories of a time and a feeling long gone by for my mother who came from Canada to the big city. Provoking memories of several decades of Chistmas not even shown in the book. Evoked emotions ranging from laughter to tears with its brilliant photographs that capture the feelings of people, places and things of the old Chicago. A city rich with diversity and tradition, and captured in the binding of this book.

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