Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas in Irvington--1940

While Europe and Asia descended into war and violence, the US peacefully celebrated the holiday season in 1940. Although some Hoosier families had yet to recover from the Great Depression, others like the Hartsock family of 59 North Hawthorne Lane, seemed to be doing just fine. Mr. Hartsock practiced law and moved his family into his Gustav Stickley-designed home in the late 1920s. The Hartsocks were not the first to live in the house. A furniture salesman, Carlos Recker and his family, first moved into the house in 1908. This vivid photograph shows the Hartsock family Christmas tree. Notice the beautifully wrapped presents and ice cycle laden tree. You may learn more about this historic home by clicking on the Gustav Stickley or Hartsock family link below. This image is courtesy of Brian and Emily Mack.

Happy Holidays to the readers and followers of Vintage Irvington!

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