Trenton’s Christmas Past

Posted on Dec 14, 2016

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Photos, Horsman Doll, Boxes from Trenton Department Stores

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Photos, Horsman Doll, Boxes from Trenton Department Stores

Trenton’s Christmas Past

Exhibit at the Trenton City Museum, Ellarslie

Cadwalader Park, Trenton, NJ

December 2, 2016 – January 15, 2017

To celebrate the Holiday season, the Trenton Museum Society has opened a new exhibit entitled “Trenton’s Christmas Past,” which will run through mid-January 2017.  

The exhibit brings back memories of the Christmas decorations put up by the city in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s and the many Department and other stores that people came from all over to visit and do their holiday shopping in.

“Trenton’s Christmas Past” features historical photos of downtown Trenton during the holiday shopping period.

From Trenton magazine, the curator has compiled images of advertisements from dozens of stores with their suggested gift ideas.

Gift boxes that you would find under the Christmas tree from Trenton stores such as R. A. Donnelly, Mason’s, Dunham’s, Lit Brothers, Nevius Voorhees, Arnold Constable and others are in the display.

The exhibit features a Horsman doll (with curlers) made in Trenton and an old tin toy.

Christmas cards from Mary G. Roebling feature sketches of downtown Trenton’s skyline.

Vintage Christmas decorations are sure to bring back childhood memories.

The exhibit was curated by Karl Flesch, a trustee of the Trenton Museum Society and member of its Collections Management Committee.  Artifacts have been loaned to the exhibit by the curator, the Trenton Free Public Library and Richard Willinger.  Photos are being used by permission of Duke University which maintains the R. C. Maxwell photo collection, and others.