#TBT Christmas in Philly: 9 old photos of holiday cheer at The Gallery, 30th Street and more

1957

It’s Christmas! It’s Thursday! So we pulled together some of the coolest old Christmas pics we could find, for a #TBT from our city. All photos are from the former Philadelphia Evening Bulletin via Temple University Libraries.

Take a walk through Christmas past:

1942: Members of the Philadelphia Junior Red Cross package Christmas gifts to be sent abroad to Great Britain during World War II.

1942

 

1944: Jane Eakins (left) and Connie Spane, whose husband is overseas, pack Christmas gifts to be sent to service men and women abroad. The gifts were contributed and made ready by the employees of the Yellow CabCo.

1944.1

 

1944: Samuel J. Greene (left), 2nd District Commander of American Legion, and John Collins, 4th District Commander, stack Christmas gifts for servicemen and women serving in World War II.

1944.2

 

1949: A Market Street meeting as crowds pour into city for 11th-hour Christmas shopping on Dec. 23.

1949

 

1957: A group of carolers sings around around the large Christmas tree in Rittenhouse Square after lighting ceremonies.

1957

 

1958: Women singing with the soloist of the Police and Fireman Band at Reyburn Plaza.

1958

 

1968: Santa Claus fireman James Fenerty gets an assist from Boy Scouts Jeffrey Jackson and Robert Coulter (kneeling) in tagging Christmas trees with a list of safety tips at the Robideau Christmas Center at Front St. and Oregon Ave.

1968

 

1980: Here’s what Christmas at The Gallery looked like 35 years ago.

1980

 

1981: 30th Street station is bustling with travelers on Christmas Eve.

1981

Mornings in the know

Sign up for Billy Penn’s free morning newsletter for a daily roundup of Philadelphia’s most pressing news, top interesting stories, fun tidbits, and relevant events.

Thanks for reading another Billy Penn article!

We don’t have a paywall, and never will. Instead, we depend on readers like you to keep our newsroom jamming on stories about Philadelphia. If you like what you see, will you support our work?

Thanks for reading a Billy Penn story

We don’t have a paywall, and our daily newsletter is free. Instead, YOU are key to keeping our nonprofit newsroom running strong. If you like what you see, will you join as a member today?

This story was powered by readers

Readers like you make articles like this possible, so thanks for your support. Want to make sure we stick around? Become a sustainer with a recurring contribution!

Tell a friend about Billy Penn

Thanks for reading another article — and we’re grateful for your support! Want to help a friend start their day with Billy Penn? Send them to our newsletter signup page.