Friday, December 24, 2010

Ho Ho Ho

Collection of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum (c) 2010
Merry Christmas from the Tenement Museum!

In the old days (aka 2000 AD) we used to deck the Baldizzi family apartment out for Christmas. In 1934, the heart of the Great Depression, the family didn't have much money to splurge on a big tree or decorations. But we know through oral histories with the daughter Josephine, that their father Adolpho (a skilled carpenter) would have fashioned the home with a homemade Christmas tree made of some little branches, tinsel, and maybe a few shiny glass globes purchased from one of the pushcart vendors.

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