Found Film: The Alberts at Christmas

This is another post in the series on the photos taken by Raymond Albert in and around Rumford, Maine in the late 1940s and early 1950s (see “Introducing the Alberts”).  I’m guessing this roll is from Christmas, 1951.

Raymond Albert's Photos - Rolls 7-8-9-10

It’s always interesting to see what’s under the Christmas trees from yesteryear.  The top photo comes from a different roll than the rest of the photos, and presumably from a different tree – maybe a visit to Grandma’s revealed that Santa had dropped off gifts there as well.  This year Santa brought dolls and large stuffed animals for the girls.

Raymond Albert's Photos - Rolls 7-8-9-10

Raymond Albert's Photos - Rolls 7-8-9-10

Everyone got shoes.  The top photo includes a pair of Kickerinos, and a box marked McGregor footwear.

kickerinos

And below we have more shoes and boots.  And a Parcheesi game!

Raymond Albert's Photos - Rolls 7-8-9-10

And there is a whole series of photos showing the kids inexplicably jumping off the roof into the snow.  And Dad taking pictures of the whole thing, apparently!  I can’t imagine a soft landing….

Raymond Albert's Photos - Rolls 7-8-9-10

Raymond Albert's Photos - Rolls 7-8-9-10

Raymond Albert's Photos - Rolls 7-8-9-10

Raymond Albert's Photos - Rolls 7-8-9-10

The Christmas doll makes an appearance both here and on the sled/toboggan – whoa!  That’s a lot of snow!  And below the full collection of stuffed animals and dolls, all on display.

Raymond Albert's Photos - Rolls 7-8-9-10

Raymond Albert's Photos - Rolls 7-8-9-10

Bunnies were raised in the back yard.  Do you suppose young Louise eventually had to learn the cold, hard realities of why bunnies were being raised in the back yard?

Raymond Albert's Photos - Rolls 7-8-9-10

Raymond Albert's Photos - Rolls 7-8-9-10

It’s hard to know exactly when these pictures were taken.  I initially guessed Christmas 1952 but it could equally have been 1951.   Winter 1951 dumped nearly 6 feet of snow on Rumford, Maine.  And who can forget the blizzard of 1951, in which over 20 inches of snow fell on Portland in a 24-hour period?

To see other posts about the Alberts, check out this link.  To see more of Raymond Albert’s photos on Flickr, check out this album.

Here is the next post in the series.

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One Response to Found Film: The Alberts at Christmas

  1. mgmlvks says:

    Those are all so EXCELLENT and seasonally correct as well! Thanks for sharing.

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