Merry Christmas, 1940
December 22, 2015 by Diane Boumenot, One Rhode Island Family
Merry Christmas to all my readers. I value all of you so much and this year I have met quite a few of you, here and there, at genealogy events. That was so nice! You all keep me going, and you are all moving Rhode Island genealogy forward.
Hope you enjoy this stroll through a Providence Christmas of 75 years ago as much as I did. Clicking on the pictures will expand them.
Providence, December, 1940
The Outlet Department Store on Weybosset Street, in the snow. This is my favorite photo. I remember the fancy “O” on each upper window.
Putting up the Christmas decorations (in December!).
The Shepard’s Clock on Westminster Street. There is Beauty Shoppe Entrance sign at the top of the photo. Except for the clock, most of this is unfamiliar to me.
Trolley cars in the snow near the Veterans Memorial Auditorium and what I believe used to be the unoccupied Masonic Hall.
Christmas trees being unloaded near Brown & Sharpe.
I believe this is shoppers looking at a doll display in the window of the Outlet. The Market Basket, a supermarket, is across the street.
The Veterans Memorial Auditorium/Masonic Hall, with the State House lawn to one side. The Industrial National Bank building rises in the distance.
Santa and some toys, this was a Shepards’ window (thanks Midge Frazel for spotting the sign). I love the woman with curlers in her hair. You don’t see that much anymore.
R.I. Cycle Co., a view of people looking in the window.
A display window at Woolworths with children’s books. This is my second favorite photo.
Rain/snow at a busy intersection, Providence
Gazing at a display for the Toy Department, 4th floor. This doesn’t look like the other Outlet windows. Could it be Shepards?
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Photos by Jack Delano, U.S. Farm Security Administration. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection.