Edward Shaw had Christmas spirit. The Huron Street resident also had access to a horse, sleigh and a Santa Claus outfit. Shaw put them all together on Christmas Eve in 1947, and entertained people in his neighborhood. Any children peering out windows probably rushed to their bedrooms and dove under the blankets, truly convinced St. Nick was ready for local chimney descents. The Schenectady Gazette photo of Shaw, his sleigh and Christmas snow is one of Capital Region Scrapbook’s favorite holiday photos. Over the past dozen or so years, the Scrapbook has printed bunches of photos with Christmas themes. In this morning’s edition, we’re running some of our favorites from past holiday seasons.
Santa Claus, also known as Edward Shaw of 701 Huron St., took a one-horse open sleigh through the snow on Christmas Eve of 1947 to entertain local residents. Rudolph Krajewski, son Danny Krajewski and several neighbors were along for the ride. Shaw spent most of the year in another “costume” — he was a Coldbrook lumberjack. And this photo is one of the Gazette history department's holiday favorites.
Schenectady patrolman William Flynn walks his beat during the early morning hours of Christmas Day 1953. Flynn hoped for peace on Earth . . . and peace on State Street near Veterans Park.
Kristen Lund of Palmer Avenue posed for a “Merry Christmas” photograph that appeared on the front page of the Schenectady Gazette on Saturday, Dec. 25, 1948. Kristen and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William R. Lund presumably spent their day with presents . . . and the day’s newspaper.
Jim Wilson, left, and Paul Vasko prepare Christmas decorations for Wallace’s department store during the 1964 Christmas season. Wilson, then manager of the store’s major appliances section, said Schenectady’s downtown stores all sparkled with holiday cheer. (Photo courtesy of Jim Wilson of Schenectady)
Christine Settle, 7, of Marilyn Drive in Scotia, whispers a holiday request to Santa Claus (played by Dom Massaro) at Wallace’s Department Store. Santa was impressed by children and their selfless actions during the 1970 Christmas season; Gazette history department staffers were impressed with Christine’s cute expression.
Michael Skaradek, 5, and his brother Robbie, 21⁄2, try out the new 1955 models in Schenectady during that year's Christmas season. Robbie might have had more speed with his Jet Sonic rocket; Michael’s rig might have been more rugged.
Henry T. Hudson and Kathy Stone, both 3, enjoy a visit with St. Nick (an associate of Leo Martin) at a Christmas party for Liederkranz members and their families on Dec. 21, 1959.
Aspiring cosmetologists from Mont Pleasant High School give toy dolls new looks during a holiday exercise for the Schenectady County Christmas Bureau in December 1970. Seated, from left, are Joanne Aldi and Deborah Horton. Standing, from left, are Lois Miller, Mary Girard and teacher Angela Juron. The dolls all found good homes on Dec. 25.
Snowmen and Christmas snow go together. In 1981, a late autumn snowstorm provided a cold bonanza at the Pilliod residence on Whitney Drive in Niskayuna. Kris McReavy, far left, and Jean Collins, far right, pose in the snow with Pilliod children Michael, Karen and Brian. The snowman declined to give his name.
The Velveteens, a Draper Junior High School sextet, slip into chilly -- and merry -- moods during the winter of 1959. The girls and a frosty friend were preparing for a Christmas concert in the Draper High School auditorium on Dec. 13. Kneeling, from left, are Beverly Hubert and Francine Grande. Standing, from left, are Pat Whipple, Lynn Waddell, Sue Fairman and Deirdre Horan.