Christmas, 1910

DECEMBER 1910 – A family celebrates Christmas in Germany. The small Christmas Tree stands on a table, and a teddy bear is the gift for the baby. Scan © by Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

This is one of the oldest photos in our family archive. It shows the relations celebrating Christmas in 1910. I scanned the washed out print and restored it in 2021. Home decor and clothes suggest a certain wealth, yet the Christmas Tree is small (at least by todays standards) and there are only very few gifts under the tree. I also like the idea that the teddy bear was a popular gift back then. The object in the back of the table seems to be a desktop clock but upon first glance could confuse it with – a mobile phone! Okay, it’s a bit too big for that but the holes arranged in a 3 x 4 grid could be keys, and the clock could be an extravagant display.

The high resolution image

Capture Date26-DEC-1910
Image Source8.2 x 10.6 cm black & white print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, Adobe RGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3832 x 4940 Pixels
CopyrightScan © by Mark Zanzig/

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