Christmas from Yesterday

Two growing boys, posed by a glittering Christmas tree, showing off their bounty from Santa Claus.

For nearly 20 years in the late 1890s and early 1900s, professional photographer Julius Leschinsky of Grand Island took his cameras home to capture yuletide images of his sons and their Christmas tree.

The photos, among 28,000 glass- plate negatives in a collection owned by the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, provide a fascinating glimpse of the Christmases of yesteryear, from the intricate ornaments that decorate the tree to the toys beneath it.

Leschinsky emigrated to Nebraska from Germany in 1880, when he was 20 years old.

(It is nice to read about how things use to be including the holidays. Read more of the above story One family’s photo tradition.)

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