Photo of the Week: Merry Christmas

Holidays View 12, ca. 1956, 2006.001.1.131; Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building photographs and architectural drawings, arc.216; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Holidays View 12, ca. 1956, 2006.001.1.131; Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building photographs and architectural drawings, arc.216; Brooklyn Historical Society.

For the next several weeks, we are revisiting some of our favorite photos of the week. We hope you enjoy looking back with us as we prepare new posts for the New Year.

It’s a festive time of year all over Brooklyn and the above photograph is just one of many in our collections illustrating just how celebratory our very own Williamsburgh Savings Bank became while it functioned as a bank.  Extremely large Christmas trees, piles of gifts, highly visible decorations on the façade of the already visible building, and Christmas Shows.  You could imagine the Ye Olde Carolers of PS9 walking down the street from their school in Prospect Heights to their concert performance at the bank in Fort Greene – I wish I could have seen that young Elvis’s slicked and swooped hair in person.

Merry Christmas everyone and stylish caroling wishes all around.

Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here.  To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer LibraryWed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. photos@brooklynhistory.org

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