Christmas Morning in Worthington - Winter is colorful, after all.

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Christmas Morning in Worthington Ohio 1928

Worthington Christmas 1928

Don O'Brien and his younger brother David on Christmas morning in 1928, in one of black and white photos he shares on Flickr.   Actually their house on W. Wilson Bridge Road was north of Worthington.  The house at 130 W. Wilson Bridge Rd. was out in the country north of the Village of Worthington in the 1920s. The Village of Worthington, what is now called "Old Worthington" was from North St. to South St. and Morning St. to Evening St., West Wilson Bridge Rd. was way out in the country in Sharon Township.  In the 1930s at least W. Wilson Bridge Road was in the Worthington school district of the time, there was a Sharon Township school district too.

On his Flickr page on this and another Christmas 1928 photo, Mr. O'Brien describes the flash powder used to take the indoor photos.  They had to open the windows to clear the smoke after the photos were taken.

Look at those toys!  I tried last year to find something on Delko Dumper or Delko Wagons but was not able to.  See the Tinker Toy container on the right?

Another Christmas Morning with the O'Brien family?  Christmas Morning 1935 - Don O'Brien got his first camera. This photo is "All Rights Reserved" it is one of my favorites on Flickr.  Don O'Brien has a great collection of his own photos of Worthington Ohio from the 1930s and 1940s.

Christmas in Worthington Ohio 1928 - Winter is colorful, after all

I wondered if there was snow on the ground on Christmas morning 1928.  From his father's diary describing their Sharon Township Property at 130 W. Wilson Bridge Rd.:

"Wandering around outdoors in the bright, snappy air this afternoon, I looked at the Euonymus patens or spreading euonymus, the Viburnum rhytididiphyllum and the Oregon hollygrape, each green in the shrub border. Berries still cling to the highbush cranberry, some of the cotoneasters and the barberry. Many of the rock garden plants not yet covered were still green and fresh. Winter is colorful, after all."

just  part of a commment that Mr. O'Brien (Dok1 on Flickr) added last year to the photo of him and his brother on Christmas 1928.  O'Brien's father wrote a column for Better Homes and Gardens magazine and wrote extensively for Country Gentleman, a magazine for farmers.  The father's diary tells about Christmas Eve preparation for Donald and David's Christmas morning, what he got for Christmas 1928 and about a walk outside, "Winter is colorful, after all."    The photo of the O'Brien brothers in front of their Christmas tree in 1928 is linked to the photo, so you can read more of what Don O'Brien shares from his father's diary.

Wilson Bridge 1936 or 1937

Worthington School Bus 1938

The Christmas Morning 1928 photo is part of Don O'Brien's Flickr Photostream - Dok1.  Just today Mr. O'Brien  added to Flickr a photo of himself on Christmas 1933, with his main gift, a desk.  A few days ago he shared a card his mother made for Christmas 1930.  The photo of Christmas Morning 1928 is licensed with a Creative Commons license which allows me to use it here.

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Pam Dent
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Maureen - I just wanted to stop by and wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

Dec 25, 2010 06:28 AM #1
Steve Shatsky
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Hi Maureen... I love how you manage to put a historical and local spin on so many things!  It's very refreshing and interesting!

Merry Christmas, my friend!  I hope you had a nice one!

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Maureen, Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I love the picture.

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