Fabulous Photos of Christmas Shopping in New York City – December 1910

"I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph." Shirley Temple

New York City December Christmas Xmas shoppers

New York has always been famous for its shopping and especially Christmas shopping. It wasn’t much different in 1910 when most of these photos were taken for the George Bain Agency – one of America’s earliest news picture agencies. The photographs Bain produced and gathered for distribution through his news service were worldwide in their coverage, but there was a special emphasis on life in New York City. Incidentally the nation’s first public Christmas tree wasn’t installed until 1912 in Madison Square Park and lit with  bulbs donated by the Edison Company.

New York City December Christmas Xmas shoppers

New York City December Christmas Xmas shoppers

New York City December Christmas Xmas shoppers

New York City December Christmas Xmas shoppers

New York City December Christmas Xmas shoppers

New York City December Christmas Xmas shoppers

New York City December Christmas Xmas shoppers

New York City December Christmas Xmas shoppers

New York City December Christmas Xmas shoppers

 

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New York City December Christmas Xmas shoppers

 

New York City December Christmas Xmas shoppers

New York City December Christmas Xmas shoppers

New York City December Christmas Xmas shoppers

 

New York City December Christmas Xmas shoppers

New York City December Christmas Xmas shoppers

 

New York City December Christmas Xmas shoppers

New York City December Christmas Xmas shoppers New York City December Christmas Xmas shoppers

New York City December Christmas Xmas shoppers

New York City December Christmas Xmas shoppers

New York City December Christmas Xmas shoppers

New York City December Christmas Xmas shoppers

 

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