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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:   Portraits - Family

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

Date:  1946-1947; 1946-1947

Ca. 1946 indoor photo of the family in mcalB14F25i12, now gathered around the Christmas tree. The mother of the boy is very likely the daughter-in-law of the couple on the right.

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    Title:   Portraits - Individuals

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

    Date:  1944; 1944

    1944 Christmas photo of a young woman seated near decorated tree in living room. A fake fireplace with Santa seen to the right. A photo of service man at base of tree. See also mcalB14F16i01 for other family members.

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      Title:   Portraits - Unidentified Groups

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

      Date:  1935-1936; 1935-1936

      1935 or 1936. An all male wait staff stands ready to serve this Christmas meal. A dining hall at Mount St. Mary's is heavily decorated with crepe paper streamers attached to the ceiling. Tables are elaborately set with food with each having a cloth place mat draping the table covering and a place card. Columns are adorned with streamers and evergreen bows. See also mcalA11F19i07 and mcalA15F08i13.

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        Title:   Portraits - Unidentified Groups

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

        Date:  1935-1936; 1935-1936

        1935 or 1936. A dining hall at Mount St. Mary's is heavily decorated with crepe paper streamers attached to the ceiling. Tables are elaborately set with food with each having a cloth place mat draping the table covering and a place card. Columns are adorned with streamers and evergreen bows. An all male wait staff stands ready to serve this Christmas meal at Mount St. Mary's. See also mcalA15F08i13, mcalA11F19i07 and mcalB15F12i15.

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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 - Unidentified Groups

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

            Date:  1945; 1945

            1945 photo of a dinner being held at Christmas, with several attendees wearing navy uniforms. There are two American flags placed onstage on either side of the Christmas tree. The location looks like the Southwick Ballroom on the Redstone Campus, Univ. of Vt. Occasion unknown.

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              Title:   Portraits - Unidentified Groups

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

              Date:  1945; 1945

              1945 photo of a large group of women, members of a club or society, gathered in front of a tree at a Christmas party. One woman has Santa Claus beard. Identity of group and location unknown.

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                Title:   Portraits - Unidentified Groups

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

                Date:  1945-1946; 1945-1946

                Ca. 1945 photo of a large group of men and women, standing at a banquet table with a large American flag and "Welcome Home" sign behind them (also an undecorated Christmas tree). Very likely a dinner for returning GIs, or perhaps the man in uniform in the front row.

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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

                  Three young children pose next to their Christmas tree with gifts. The girl holds a small hard plastic doll that may be a Vogue Ginny popular in the 1950s. Other presents are arranged in a display around the tree and on the upholstered chair in which the boys sit. See also mcalB14F11i08

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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

                    Four children pose by their Christmas tree in the living room of their home. The two children seated on the floor each hold a toy; a metal spinning top and a doll. The boy standing in the back holds the family dog and the older girl proudly wears her "poodle" skirt with Scottie. See also mcalB14F10i03

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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, families, unidentified

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

                          Date:  undated

                          Resource type:   photographs

                          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                          A man and woman sit in front of a Christmas tree in their home with a young boy and girl. Christmas gifts are displayed behind them. They include a doll's baby carriage, snow shovels, an archery set and more. The girl holds a doll.

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                            Title:   Portraits, families, unidentified

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

                            Date:  undated

                            Resource type:   photographs

                            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                            A Christmas family portrait with mother, father and four children. Gifts seen beneath the tree and behind. The oldest girl proudly holds up her hard plastic bride doll in wedding gown and veil.

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                              Title:   Portraits, families, unidentified

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

                              Date:  undated

                              Resource type:   photographs

                              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                              A man and woman gather near a Christmas tree in their home with a young boy and girl. Christmas gifts are displayed beneath the tree. They include a chemistry outfit and a model train set. The girl holds a doll. See also mcalA15F03i01 for an earlier Christmas photo.

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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

                                A group of men and women gather on in a rustic wood paneled room (perhaps a restaurant). Overhead hangs a large folding tissue paper bell. Appears to be a Christmas celebration as a small tree and Santa Claus decoration are on the head table. Undated.

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                                  Title:   Salvation Army

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

                                  Date:  1944; 1944

                                  Resource type:   photographs

                                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                  1944 photo of bagged Christmas packages each with the Salvation literature, "The War Cry" destined as gifts to the needy. Majors Edward and Elsie Russell of the Salvation Army stand to the left. A decorated Christmas tree is behind.

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                                    Title:   Salvation Army

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

                                    Date:  1944; 1944

                                    Resource type:   photographs

                                    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                    An ill developed 1944 photo of bagged Christmas packages each with the Salvation literature, "The War Cry" destined as gifts to the needy. A member of the Salvation Army to the left hands a bag to a woman . A decorated Christmas tree is behind and portrait painting of "General" William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, hangs on the wall. Maj. Ed Russell stands on the far right. Portrait can be seen at: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/cph.3b39560/

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                                      Title:   Salvation Army

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

                                      Date:  1944; 1944

                                      Resource type:   photographs

                                      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                      1944 photo of bagged Christmas packages each with the Salvation literature, "The War Cry" destined as gifts to the needy. A member of the Salvation Army to the left hands a bag to a woman . A decorated Christmas tree is behind and portrait painting of "General" William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, hangs on the wall. Maj. Ed Russell stands on the far right. Portrait can be seen at: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/cph.3b39560/

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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:   Theatricals

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

                                          Date:  1946-1947

                                          Resource type:   photographs

                                          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                          1946 / 1947 Christmas pageant. Photo #2.

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                                            Title:   Theatricals

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

                                            Date:  1946-1947

                                            Resource type:   photographs

                                            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                            1946 / 1947 Christmas pageant with Christmas trees. Photo #1.

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                                              Title:   Unitarian Church

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

                                              Date:  undated

                                              Resource type:   photographs

                                              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                              Lit evergreen Christmas tree at night located on the front lawn of the First Unitarian Universalist Society church at the head of Church Street (Church Street Marketplace)in Burlington, Vermont.

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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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