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Rochesterians share so many memories as a community of Christmases past, including Midtown Plaza. Here are some memories from a bygone era. I’d like to wish you all a wonderful holiday.

Postal worker struggles to carry Christmas greetings in 1910.

Postal worker struggles to carry Christmas greetings in 1910.

 

Kids talking to Santa outside Sibley Building in 1914

Kids talking to Santa outside Sibley Building in 1914

 

Christmas shoppers in downtown Rochester in 1915.

Christmas shoppers in downtown Rochester in 1915.

 

William Moore's grocery store in Fairport at Christmas in 1915.

William Moore’s grocery store in Fairport at Christmas in 1915.

 

Girl donates to Salvation Army at Christmas in 1915.

Girl donates to Salvation Army at Christmas in 1915.

 

Father goes Christmas shopping 1917

Father goes Christmas shopping  in 1917.

 

Father drops all his Christmas purchases in 1917.

Father drops all his Christmas purchases in 1917.

 

Girl looking at toy shop window in 1919.

Girl looking at toy shop window in 1919.

 

Levi Ward residence, 855 East Ave., illuminated for Christmas in 1922.

Levi Ward residence, 855 East Ave., illuminated for Christmas in 1922.

 

B. Forman Store, 1930

B. Forman Store, 1930

 

Sibley Building, 1939

Sibley Building, 1939

 

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One Response to Rochester Christmases Past

  1. Nice pics. Here’s some more on Midtown Plaza from shortly before closing: http://www.schiffner.com/remembering-rochesters-midtown-plaza-during-christmas/

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