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Christmas in the Ozarks

Christmas in the Ozarks

Enjoy a selection of Christmas photographs found on From the Darkroom. This collection consists of thousands of photographic negatives and prints from the News & Leader, Leader and Press, and the Daily News.

Lineman Gene Harris, City Utilities employee, puts up Christmas decorations in downtown Springfield. The large, star-centered strand stretched across the street in the 300 block of College. Published in the Leader & Press on November 17, 1960.


Christmas display at Brentwood Terrace. The building on the left is actually the company's field office, decorated like a home. The building on the right is the office of architect Don Russell. Published in the Leader & Press December 21, 1950.


Behind the scenes at the main Post Office in Springfield as workers labored to process the holiday mail.  St. Louis Cardinals coach Mike Ryba is in the right foreground. Published in the Springfield News & Leader December 20, 1953.


Missouri Pacific Railway float in the Christmas parade through downtown Springfield. Similar photographs were published in the News & Leader on November 28, 1954.


Phelps school students gathered in front of a Christmas tree in the lobby of the school. The students prepared for their week of caroling. Published in the News & Leader on December 14, 1947.


Children of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest C. Fay Jr., on Christmas Eve. Felicia Ann is pictured in the foreground. In the back are Forrest Richard, left, and Frank Allton. Published in the News & Leader on December 24, 1961.

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