Christmas, 1968

DECEMBER 1968 – Inga and Mark Zanzig celebrate Christmas in their home in Kiel, Germany. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Christmas 1968. I was three years old. And of course I cannot remember this specific moment. I do remember though that I always had to wear ‘fine clothes’ for Christmas. Here, it’s the white shirt under that blue velvet pullover and the black trousers. When I see this photo today, I think it looks awkward.

Money was tight, as my parents were still settling into their careers. So there were not many gifts and the tree is so small it had to stand on a small table. Also noteworthy is the use of real candles as there were no electrical candles available. Well, those were the times.

At least my mom was looking fresh and young and happy. Well, at 26 years, she was fresh and young, and that’s why I like this photo.

Merry Christmas.

The high resolution image

Capture Date24-DEC-1969
LocationKiel, Germany
Image Source7 x 10 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 Dimensions3215 x 4595 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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