FInal Christmas Thoughts and Wishes

Amid the craziness that surrounds the holidays, I’ve decided to publish another post for your enjoyment. I determined that it was a better option to write a post than it was to wrap gifts, help with baking, or going out again for yet one more round of shopping.

Of course, I’m taking the easy way out with this post by presenting a few tidbits and snippets of Christmas and Duquesne articles and photos for your enjoyment. The first is a non-Christmas photograph that I ran across that was featured in 1949 Christmas edition of The Duquesne Times. It features one of Duquesne’s sons as he received his freshman football sweater from Indiana University:

Gedman IU Sweater

60 years ago, in 1953, the following photograph appeared on page one of The Duquesne Times. I didn’t recognize any of the young men in the photo, but perhaps you will:

Holy Name Choir 1953

It is always a lot of fun to read the “Letters to Santa” section of The Duquesne Times. The following are the letters that appeared in the 1953 edition of the paper. I’m sure you’ll recognize some of the names and addresses:

1953 letters to santa

100 years ago, the Times’ front page showcased the following greeting for the citizens of Duquesne. Actually, I thought it was pretty forward thinking for the era. It demonstrates how Christmas, even then, was perceived as a special time for children:

100 Years Ago

Finally, I thought you would appreciate the following article, again published 100 years ago in 1913. As I read through the information, I was amazed at the vast celebration that the City of Duquesne organized for Christmas. Due to political restraints, political correctness, budgetary restraints, etc., this type of celebration would never occur today. It also unequivocally proves that a bunch of hunkys REALLY knew how to celebrate the season… and still do!!

Christmas in Duquesne 100 Years Ago

And so, once again,



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4 Responses to FInal Christmas Thoughts and Wishes

  1. Ken Denne says:

    Miss you at our class reunions..Hope you are doing well. Living in Wilmington, NC along with classmate Dan Janusek. Roney Klemens also lived here..He passed away two yers ago.
    Happy New Year
    Ken Class of 55

  2. Living in Fort Lauderdale with Brother Joe and family. Thinking of old times and class of 1955.
    Rosie, Barbara, Judy Making up faces for our stage plays. Running around town looking for stage props. Lunches at butlers drug store. Joe has told me so much about this sight. He get such a thrill finding many old friends. Joe googled St. Josephs cemetary for me. The statue I faithfully gave a bath every saturday as a youngster, is still there.
    Well, we hope you all had a Merry Christmas and please have a happy and safe New Year
    Veronica Sobeck Lynn @ brother Joe

  3. Debra Faust-Clancy says:

    Jim, Merry Christmas to you and your entire extended family. Thanks for another great issue of the Duquesne Hunky. I especially enjoyed reading the kids letters to Santa and the description of the festivities around the 60′ tree with it’s 4′ wide star brought a tear. Duquesne was such a vibrant caring place! We all should be thankful we got a chance to see it.

  4. Gene (Geno) Sabolcik says:

    Merry Christmas to you, Jim, and to Duquesne Hunkys everywhere! Thanks for keeping us connected to our hometown, and the way we were.

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