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A  rapidly-growing collection of historical images and period texts related to those religious and secular festivities that are still celebrated today in the Western World. If this is your first visit you may find the holiday indexes useful. All indexes can be reached by clicking on the month-by-month tabs at top of this page. Some of the indexes ( e.g. Twelfth Night, Valentine’s Day) are also featured in the sidebar to your right. 

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Jesus Is Reborn: An Easter Magazine Cover From 1901

Easter angel, Easter daffodils, Easter symbolsSource: Archives BNQ

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Index: Easter Throughout History

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Index: Easter Throughout History

Easter Food

Leg Of Lamb and Vegetable Souffle (1950)

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Easter Jelly Dessert (1877) | “Jello” Nest With Blanc-Mange Eggs

Gleaming White Glory Cake Is A Real Easter Treat (1949)

Easter Plum Pudding (1877)

Recipe for Hot-Cross Buns (1887)

Maple-wax Easter Eggs – A Victorian Era Treat Continue reading

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Santa Claus and his team of reindeer race through the forest

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Father Christmas And Two Reindeer | Source: The Life And Adventures of Santa Claus

Santa Claus sits on a simple sled

Father Time New Year baby, Santa Claus and others in sleigh

A 19th Century Elf-like Father Christmas With Horse-drawn Sleigh  Continue reading

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Santa Claus Climbs Down The Chimney

b/w image of Father Crhistmas with sack of toys

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A Selection of Mechanical (wind-up) Toys And Novelties from an 1882 edition of the Automatic Toy Works Catalogue

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THE BEST DOLL EVER MADE. This unique toy, when wound up, creeps and imitates the movements of a baby in the most natural manner, moving its hands and feet alternately as it passes along, and as it occasionally turns its face towards the spectator, the resemblance to life is almost startling. Delights and pleases both old and young. Durably and elegantly made. Each doll is carefully packed in a substantial wooden box. Parents and friends of little girls send for one of these delightful dolls.

THE DELIGHT OF ALL GIRLS.— A CHARMING TOY, AND BEAUTIFULLY FINISHED A little girl is seated at a cabinet sewing-machine. On winding up the mechanism her feet begin to work the treadle, and the sewing-machine begins to sew rapidly; she leans forward, puts the work in position, watches it, occasionally rising up and bringing the work up to examine it. These movements are repeated for a long time. The little figure is elegantly dressed in the latest fashion. It combines the attractiveness of a beautiful French doll with the interest of life-like motion.

MECHANICAL BEAR. This wonderful toy imitates the movements of a bear, by means of clock-work, in the most life-like manner. The bear rises up on its hind legs, turns its head from side to side, growls, moves its paws, and snaps its jaws together. At intervals it gets down on its forepaws and goes through similar motions. It runs a long time, and while going it is difficult to believe it is not alive. It is elegantly made, and covered with fine fur. Continue reading

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19th Century Toy Soldiers (Erz Mountains) | Historic Toys

Here we can admire the officers, drummer and soldiers in red coats, white trousers, and busbies. They have a long march behind them, for they have come from the Upper Erz Mountains.

Source: Toys, Trier, W. & Seyffert, O.

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Traditional Wooden German Animal Toys (18th/19th century) | Old Fashioned Toys

Circus and domestic, Noah's ArkWe see a number of wild and tame animals going for a walk in our picture. An elephant, a cow, a lion, a bear and two poodles. They are already old, and belong to the eighteenth century. Or perhaps they from Noah’s Ark. We see at once that they are made out of wood.Former toy-makers could carve and paint much better than those of to-day, but the latter could learn to do again if they would get this book and look at it carefully.

Source: Toys, Trier, W. &   Seyffert, O.

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Nineteenth Century Toy – German Jacks-on-a-string (Jumping-Jacks)

The Jacks-on-strings are a very mixed company. They are all dressed up in their best clothes, and they wear particularly fine hats. Some look like soldiers, some like Punch, but they are all in jolly mood. f you pull the string they jerk their arms and legs about very quickly, and are quite full of joy. They do make you laugh then.

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