Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 20: Santa and Swimmers on the Beach, Los Angeles 1927

Christmas photos aren’t quite the same without all the color and richness in them, but if we’re going to go vintage let’s go all the way!

Here’s an odd specimen from the Roaring ’20s. It features Santa Claus and a host of bathing suit-clad swimmers lying around a Christmas Tree on a Los Angeles beach. Click for a larger version.

Santa Claus with swimmers on the beach at Christmas, Los Angeles, 1927

I like this because it’s unlike just about every traditionally staged holiday photo I’ve seen. I like how Santa couldn’t even be bothered to wear pants but he still went with the coat and hat. Man Californians can be an odd bunch. (No offense.)

(Image courtesy The Smithsonian.)

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