Christmas in Downtown Lincoln, 1946

13th & O Streets, Lincoln, NE, December 22, 1946 (RG2183.PH1946-1221-3)

13th & O Streets, Lincoln, NE, December 22, 1946 (RG2183.PH1946-1221-3)

I love the holidays. They are always such a wonderfully busy time of year. From spending time with friends and family to shopping for gifts, it is my favorite time of the year.

On December 22, 1946, the Macdonald Studio captured the festive, fast-paced atmosphere of downtown Lincoln at Christmas.  Both views were taken from about 13th and O Streets looking west. Electric stars and garland hang from street lights along O Street.  The photographs were commissioned by the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and feature the holiday decorations they sponsored.

13th & O Streets, Lincoln, NE, December 22, 1946 (RG2183.PH1946-1221-2)

13th & O Streets, Lincoln, NE, December 22, 1946 (RG2183.PH1946-1221-2)

If you would like to see more amazing photographs from the Macdonald Studio Collection (RG2183.PH), visit the NSHS Museum and Photograph Collection online, searchable database.  Just type in “Macdonald Studio” and see over 800 images of Lincoln from the 1940s. Our database is a work in progress and hosts only a small portion of our Museum and Photograph Collections.  We will be updating it regularly, so keep checking back to see what’s new.

Karen Keehr

Curator of the Visual and Audio Collections

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