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18 Photos Of LA Decorated For Xmas In the '30s, '40s, & '50s

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[All images via the LAPL photo collection]

Didn't all the Christmas light displays look so much quainter in the olden days, juxtaposed with Studebakers and GIs? Maybe it's just that a place could be known far and wide back then as the Christmas House with not much more than some fake snow, a few lights, and a cut-out Santa. Maybe it's that Claudette Colbert was around to get in on the action. Whatever it was, it sure is nice to look at. Enjoy these photos of Los Angeles dressed up for Christmas in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s, and Merry Christmas, if that's your thing! (Everyone else: merry time off!)