1890s Christmas Decorations in Wayne

Some things have not changed in 120 years.

This photograph, a glass plate negative, is found in an unlabeled Radnor Historical Society collection of images from an 1890s South Wayne family. This image shows how the art of decorating for the holidays was a less precise exercise in the Victorian era, though no less festive.

Resembling a progenitor of the "Griswold Family Christmas Tree," this tree appears as a mass of pine branches more than a well-defined tree that fits perfectly in its place. Still, it is a joyful sight which reminds us that the holiday season was as important to people who lived here 120 years ago as it is to us today.

- Greg Prichard, Radnor Historical Society


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