A picture is worth a thousand words and there are few things more mesmerising than that tradition of perusing old photograph albums.
As Hal Boyle (1971) put it:
Memory is more than a dustbin of time, stuffed with yesterday’s trash. Rather, memory is a glorious grab at the past from which one can at leisure pluck bittersweet experiences of times gone by and relive them.
Christchurch City Libraries has a wealth of digitised photography, and who doesn’t like a good trip down memory lane?
New Zealanders have been celebrating Christmas in style and with flair for many moons, so in the spirit of the season, here are some highlights from our Christmas Images collection:
Father Christmas delights Cantabrians whether arriving in his old fashioned automobile or in his blow up dinghy:
The fashion phenomenon of the onesie goes way back:
A Christmas parade passes along Colombo Street, Christchurch. Circa 1930
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