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Jo Desha and Maxie Leah Williams family, Christmas Day 1900
photo by McLeod, the Wild West photographer

Every time I see this one, I just dissolve into gales of laughter.

Can't you just imagine the dinner table discussion a couple of weeks before the holiday?

"Honey, what shall we do this year for Christmas? After all, it's the first Christmas of the new century."

Oh, I don't know. . .hey, why don't we get that McLeod guy to take a picture? We could dress up and go sit outside on some rocks."

"Marvelous idea, darling! And we could put Paul and Cedric on a couple of asses. They've been acting like asses for a few days now. It would serve them right. . ."

The back of the photo has an extensive ad for "McLeod, the Wild West Photographer. . . the man who made Happy Hollow famous the world over."
I don't know how you celebrate this holiday season in your home. However you do it, do it with gusto. Laugh and love and enjoy.

You could do it in Williams family style. Dress up in all your finery and go sit on some rocks. Take a photo. Take lots of photos.

From me and the petting zoo at the cottage, happy holidays.
This is a recycled post for Sepia Saturday 199.

Head over there for other great old images.

Date: 2013-10-17 09:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Love the way you told the possible story behind the image.

Christmas Capers

Date: 2013-10-17 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, it looks like they had a great time! I'm a big donkey-lover, so I would have been pleased as punch to be in Paul or Cedric's shoes.

Fun stuff!

Date: 2013-10-18 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I think they really took pride in making the photograph. Look at the neat dark-light distribution of the people and donkeys.
(Rob From Amersfoort)

Christmas fun

Date: 2013-10-19 11:30 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Love the photo and your explanation of how it happened. Thanks for sharing.

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Date: 2013-10-19 02:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
had a tough challenge here getting to comment on your blog, so hope this works. A fun photo with your interpretation/explanation adding to the humor. Interesting another holiday!

Date: 2013-10-19 05:11 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The picture has a nice symmetry to it and I love the boys on the donkeys. I wonder - did the photographer provide those?

Date: 2013-10-19 11:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well I don;t know about you but our family always dresses nicely in whatever is the current fashion for Christmas lunch, as did the people in your lovely photo.

Date: 2013-10-20 12:53 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I think it was a grand idea, and I imagine in real life it played out much like that!

Christmas Day

Date: 2013-10-20 08:46 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I wanted to know how you knew it was Christmas Day...and then I saw the sign. I love donkeys. I had three toy donkeys when I was growing up. I draggged them everywhere on a string behind me. Enough said.

Old West indeed

Date: 2013-10-22 05:30 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
It's fun to think of people long ago dressing up like Western folks for a photo. For some reason I just assumed that was something that was done only the past few decades.


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