Dec 8, 2016

Christmas in Alberta: An Archival Throwback

From farms and ranches to corner shops and downtown department stores, Christmas in Alberta is actually pretty fascinating to look back on. Imagine a simpler time and allow yourself to get lost in the charm of a good old fashioned prairie Christmas. Here are a series of archival images from around Alberta that could be straight out of a Christmas special.
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1.  Christmas parade in Edmonton, Alberta ca. 1948

2.  "Bronco Busting" on Christmas Day near Medicine Hat, Alberta ca. 1913

3.  Christmas carollers in Calgary, Alberta ca. 1955

4.  Kids waiting for Santa Claus in Lethbridge, Alberta ca. 1953

5.  Hudson's Bay Santa Claus in Edmonton, Alberta ca. 1919

6.  Calgary Zoo Christmas card ca. 1950s

7.  Christmas decorations in downtown Medicine Hat, Alberta ca. 1968

8.  Christmas scene in Calgary, Alberta ca. 1919

9.  Window decorations in Blairmore, Alberta ca. 1930

10. Kids watch a department store train set in Calgary, Alberta ca. 1954

11. Legislature Christmas lights in Edmonton, Alberta ca. 1933

12. Wartime hospital decorated for Christmas ca. 1917

13. Children pose with their Christmas goose in the Crowsnest Pass ca. 1930

14. Christmas shoppers at Hudson's Bay in Calgary, Alberta ca. 1929

15. Bags of Christmas mail ready for the train in Edmonton, Alberta ca. 1934

16. Christmas pageant in Innisfail, Alberta ca. 1922

17. Downtown Christmas decorations in Edmonton, Alberta ca. 1960s

18. Finding the perfect tree in Kew, Alberta ca. 1926

19. Cigar store decorated for Christmas in Edmonton, Alberta ca. 1912

20. Clearing the streets on Christmas Day in Calgary, Alberta ca. 1964

21. Downtown Edmonton, Alberta decorated for Christmas ca. 1924

22. A Christmas card featuring Calgary, Alberta's City Hall ca. 1920

23. Christmas tree lot in Edmonton, Alberta ca. 1925

24. Eaton's Department Store window display in Medicine Hat, Alberta ca. 1962

25. Christmas airmail leaving Edmonton, Alberta ca. 1928

26. Bar decorated for Christmas in Wainwright, Alberta ca. 1920s

27. Christmas tree lot in Calgary, Alberta ca. 1955

28. Calgary Zoo Christmas cards ca. 1950s

29. Santa Claus visits a hospital in Edmonton, Alberta ca. 1928

30. Butcher shop decorated for Christmas in Medicine Hat, Alberta ca. 1912

31. Stacks of Christmas mail at the post office in Calgary, Alberta ca. 1953

32. Curlers in Banff, Alberta ca. 1899

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