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Ceremonial Artifacts ➔ Photograph And Folio, It's Christmastime At Wurzburg's"

Identifier:
2008.6.2
Description:
Black and white photo of 2 girls sitting on Santa's lap inside a folder or card. Photo has a distinguishing sign in it that reads, "GR 82124". The Green, red and gold folder has a picture of elves dancing around a Christmas tree on the front. The words, "it's Christmastime at Wurzburg's" are under the elves and tree.;This Photo and folio document a popular secular Christmas tradition: getting childrens' photos taken with Santa Claus at a department store. These document the custom as practiced in Grand Rapids at Wurzburg's, a major department store once located in downtown Grand Rapids.;Penciled on the back of the folder is, "4.50/ B104".;This Photo and folio document a popular secular Christmas tradition: getting children's photos taken with Santa Claus at a department store. These document the custom as practiced in Grand Rapids at Wurzburg's, a major department store once located in downtown Grand Rapids.
Date:
1940 – 1960
Materials:
Paper
Dimensions:
7" h 4.875 | 6.375" w ; 8.25" h
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Museum Purchase
Exhibit/Program
Christmas and the Herpolsheimer's Train (2008 – 2010)
This small exhibit was put out in the entrance lobby of the Van Andel Museum Center during the Christmas season for several years.
Makers/Donors
Wurzburg's Department Store
Wurzburg's Department Store was founded by Frederick W. Wurzburg in October of 1872. Two of Frederick's sons, William and Edmund, went on to run the store. Wurzburg's took over the previous location of Herpolsheimer's in 1951 on 101-13 Monroe Northwest in Grand Rapids. Wurzberg's was in business until at least 1972. 

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