While recently browsing through the National Photo Company collection, I paused when I saw this photograph.
My first thought was “what happened to the top of the tree?” After puzzling about the tree for a while, I looked closer at the gathering of the Dickey family. I had to smile as I have been in many family portraits where it has proved an impossible task to get all the children to look at the camera with happy faces.
In my curiosity, I searched further and I was amazed to find the National Photo Company took Christmas photographs of this family for the next 10 years!
I think I am fascinated by these photographs because despite the awkward-sized trees and the amusing facial expressions, they epitomize the spirit of holiday tradition and gathering with family. The 1923 photograph below was the last taken in the series of the Dickey family. The parents have aged and the children have grown, but the ritual of taking a Christmas tree photograph remains the same.
Do you have any treasured holiday traditions?
- View all of the Dickey family Christmas photographs in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.
- Discover more about the National Photo Company collection which documents virtually all aspects of Washington D.C. life.
- Visit our last entry in the Double Take series about butter churning.
- Enjoy other photographs of Christmas trees in the online collections.