Christmas, 1946

DECEMBER 1946 – Two kids model their Christmas gifts, brand new white fur coats, in their home in Malente-Gremsmühlen, Germany. Scan © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Christmas time is photo time. I went into the archive and selected this historic photo.

Life meant it well with the small Schweim family in their home in Malente-Gremsmühlen in Germany. The family business in Kiel had been growing since the end of the second world war, so they could afford new fur coats for the kids as Christmas gifts in 1946.

These were badly needed as the winter 1946/47 was another cold winter, and the coats effectively protected against the weather. Of course, today it is more than inappropriate to wear coats – but these were different times.

My mother (on the left) was 4½ years old by then and apparently quite happy with the coat.

Merry Christmas!

The high resolution image

Capture Date24-DEC-1946
LocationMalente-Gremsmühlen, Germany
Image Source6 x 6 cm print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2495 x 2495 Pixels
CopyrightScan © Mark Zanzig/

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