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Historic Photo: Christmas Eve in Germany, 1892.

There’s not much to say about this family photo from the Victorian era. Staged though it is, this family obviously wanted a memento of their togetherness at this holiday season, which they conveniently identify for us as 1892. The family is well-to-do, or at least looks so. I note the boy who appears to be almost hiding behind his father, reading a book. The Christmas tree is modestly decorated, but I do spy one candle, unlit, toward the right. Also note that the man took the photo himself. That’s a squeeze bulb in his left hand to trigger the shutter, and the cord leading down from it undoubtedly connects to the camera.

If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a peaceful and joyful Christmas Eve. Enjoy the holiday.

This photo is in the public domain.


  1. Cool old photos – things have changed, but a lot is the same. Thanks for pointing out the squeeze bulb.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. That is a great photo and I am guessing that could be the very first selfie!

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