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Louis L. McAllister Photographs

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Louis L. McAllister photographed people and places near Burlington, Vermont for 60 years. He was born in Columbus, Nebraska on October 16, 1876, the son of Julius S. McAllister (born 1841 in Lincoln, VT) and Rosette Gould (born in Vermont in 1851). Julius McAllister worked as a photographer and dentist in Washington D.C., Bristol, Vermont and Columbus, Nebraska. Around 1895, Julius, his third wife Amy, and their children left Nebraska for the Union Soldiers’ Colony in Fitzgerald, Georgia. By 1900, Julius and Amy were divorced, and Amy and her stepson Louis were working as photographers in Thomasville, Georgia.

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Louis L. McAllister Photographs

Published:  November 19, 2007,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections

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Title:   Burlington Business College

Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

Date:  1942

Resource type:   photographs

Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

1942 Burlington Business College Christmas party with Santa Claus attending. One woman holds a large doll.

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    Title:   Burlington Business College

    Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

    Date:  1942

    Resource type:   photographs

    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

    1942. Women college students of the Burlington Business College celebrate Christmas and receive gifts from Santa Claus. Photo #2.

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      Title:   Fraternal Order of Eagles

      Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

      Date:  1949

      Resource type:   photographs

      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

      1949 photo of Santa Claus and a few men and women members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles standing next to a decorated Christmas tree.

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        Title:   Fraternal Order of Eagles

        Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

        Date:  1949-1950

        Resource type:   photographs

        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

        1949 / 1950 photo of Santa Claus (wearing a costume mask) and a few male members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles standing next to a decorated Christmas tree. Photo #6.

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          Title:   Fraternal Order of Eagles

          Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

          Date:  1949-1950

          Resource type:   photographs

          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

          1949 / 1950 photo of Santa Claus, men, women and children (with Christmas stockings) participants in Christmas celebration of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. One child is also dressed as Santa. A decorated Christmas tree seen in back.

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            Title:   Houses with Gardens - Unidentified

            Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

            Date:  1945-1946

            Resource type:   photographs

            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

            Mid 1940s winter photo of 216 So. Prospect Street showing a Christmas display in the snow of Santa, sleigh and two reindeer. House built in 1871. It is currently the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity house.

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              Title:   Memorial Auditorium, Burlington - Exhibitions

              Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

              Date:  undated

              Resource type:   photographs

              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

              Santa sits at the wheel of an automobile loaded with Christmas presents that is part of an exhibit at the Burlington Memorial Auditorium in Burlington, Vermont. A sign invites all children to visit with Santa Claus. Undated but may be 1930s? Photo #2.

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                Title:   Portraits - Unidentified Groups

                Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                Date:  1945; 1945

                A large group of women gather to celebrate Christmas. A tree is behind them and Santa Claus sits front row center. Dated 1945.

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                  Title:   Portraits, children, unidentified

                  Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                  Date:  undated

                  Resource type:   photographs

                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                  A Christmas photo of a large group of children seated on raised bleachers in a narrow room. Boys (wearing suits and ties) are seated on one side ; the girls on the other. On the floor between the two bleacher sections is Santa Claus (in suit and face mask) along with many other younger children. Each child holds a Christmas stocking filled with gifts and treats. A large decorated Christmas tree is seen in the center background.

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                    Title:   Portraits, children, unidentified

                    Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                    Date:  undated

                    Resource type:   photographs

                    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                    A school classroom seen with students dressed in costume. Santa stands in the back with a mask face. A Christmas tree is to the far left. American flag adorns the wall behind as does a poster (left) reading American Junior Red Cross.

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                      Title:   Portraits, groups, unidentified

                      Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                      Date:  undated

                      Resource type:   photographs

                      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                      Santa Claus and several other men and women display footballs and other toys as they stand behind two long tables. Location may be the Memorial Auditorium in the 1920s or 1930s during a Christmas party probably sponsored by a local organization.

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                        Title:   Salvation Army

                        Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                        Date:  1949; 1949

                        Resource type:   photographs

                        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                        Sponsored Movie. 1949 photo of a large group of children and adults gathered to see a movie, hosted perhaps by the Salvation Army. The presence of Santa Claus indicates the time of year. On Wed., Dec. 21st, 1949, the Salvation Army had a Christmas party for children. This may be it. The newspaper account did not mention the location or whether a movie was shown.

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                          Title:   Salvation Army

                          Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                          Date:  1949; 1949

                          Resource type:   photographs

                          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                          Sponsored Movie. 1949 photo of a large group of children and adults gathered to see a movie, hosted perhaps by the Salvation Army. The presence of Santa Claus indicates the time of year. On Wed., Dec. 21st, 1949, the Salvation Army had a Christmas party for children. This may be it. The newspaper account did not mention the location or whether a movie was shown.

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                            Title:   Theatricals

                            Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                            Date:  1947

                            Resource type:   photographs

                            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                            1947 Christmas gathering of children, an angel, Santa Claus and his little elf helper and a Christmas tree in the background. They are in the hallway of a school or other public building. One rides a hobby horse and a girl plays the xylophone.

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                              Title:   Veterans of Foreign Wars

                              Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                              Date:  undated

                              Resource type:   photographs

                              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                              Christmas party with Santa Claus, veterans of foreign wars and a military band. Location unknown but looks to be a gymnasium. Children seen seated in folding wooden chairs.

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                                Title:   Veterans of Foreign Wars

                                Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                Date:  1952

                                Resource type:   photographs

                                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                1952 photo of the crowd at Memorial Auditorium for a VFW Christmas bazaar (note decorated tree and Santa Claus).

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                                  Title:   Veterans of Foreign Wars

                                  Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                  Date:  1952

                                  Resource type:   photographs

                                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                  1952 photo (blurry) of the crowd at Memorial Auditorium for a VFW Christmas bazaar (note decorated tree and Santa Claus). Some veterans can be seen wearing their caps. Santa seems to be the center of attention at this moment.

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                                    Title:   Veterans of Foreign Wars

                                    Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                    Date:  1951

                                    Resource type:   photographs

                                    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                    1951 photo of a few veterans, Santa Claus, and perhaps the VFW Ladies' Auxiliary--people involved in organizing the Christmas bazaar at Memorial Auditorium in Burlington, Vt.

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                                      Title:   Veterans of Foreign Wars

                                      Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                      Date:  1951

                                      Resource type:   photographs

                                      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                      1951 candid photo of some of the volunteers at the VFW Christmas bazaar, including Santa Claus. McAllister has captured a lively moment in the group interaction. Venue is Memorial Auditorium.

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                                        Title:   Veterans of Foreign Wars

                                        Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                        Date:  1951

                                        Resource type:   photographs

                                        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                        1951 candid photo of some of the volunteers at the VFW Christmas bazaar, including Santa Claus, who appears to be making an announcement. Venue is Memorial Auditorium.

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                                          Title:   Veterans of Foreign Wars

                                          Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                          Date:  1952

                                          Resource type:   photographs

                                          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                          1952 photo of a VFW Christmas event, very likely at Memorial Auditorium. Men and women wearing garrison caps with veterans' insignia are seated and standing for a portrait, with Santa Claus and a Christmas tree in the background.

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                                            Title:   Veterans of Foreign Wars

                                            Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                            Date:  1952

                                            Resource type:   photographs

                                            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                            1952 photo showing more of the interior of Memorial Auditorium. The occasion is very likely an annual Christmas bazaar sponsored by the VFW. A group appear to be lined up to see Santa Claus. Memorial Auditorium opened in 1928 and has a seating capacity of 2,500.

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                                              Title:   Veterans of Foreign Wars - Ladies Auxiliary

                                              Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                              Date:  1957

                                              Resource type:   photographs

                                              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                              1957 photo of a group of VFW Ladies Auxiliary members ready to distribute, presumably, Christmas gift packages to the needy, perhaps specifically to veterans. The trunk of the car is opened and filled with baskets, almost like a modern cornucopia. Location appears to be a suburban residence, very likely the home of one of the auxiliary ladies in the picture, one of whom is holding a Santa Claus doll. Photo #2.

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                                                Title:   Veterans of Foreign Wars - Mother's Club

                                                Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                                Date:  1951

                                                Resource type:   photographs

                                                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                                1951 photo of a large group of children, very likely attending a VFW sponsored event at a gymnasium in Burlington or Winooski. A few adults, one wearing a military uniform, and Santa Claus can be seen in the crowd.

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