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BACKSTORY: Vintage Casper Christmas (PHOTOS)

Children posed with “Night Before Christmas” book in classroom, Dec. 1963. (Casper College Western History Center)

Since  in the earliest days of practical photography, no time of year has ever made people reach for their cameras more than Christmas.

As locations, hairstyles and gifts change, the feeling of the holiday remains the same.

Thanks to archivist Vince Crolla at the Casper College Western History Museum for helping us compile these vintage photos of many a past Casper Christmas.

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Wishing you the best of the holidays from all of us at Oil City!

A santa talking to children, likely at the Westridge Shopping Center. Note the reporter with microphone at left. Chuck Morrison photo, Dec. 1961. (Casper College Western History Center)
Christmas party, Dec. 1961. Photo by Chuck Morrison. (Casper College Western History Center)
Christmas tree at NCHS in 1939. (Casper College Western History Center)
(Casper College Western History Center)
(Casper College Western History Center)
A Christmas party at the Wyoming Medical Center, late 1950s. (Casper College Western History Center)
(Casper College Western History Center)
A Casper home decorated for Christmas, early 1960s. (Casper College Western History Center)
Christmas at the Sandford Ranch, later the Pathfinder Ranch. (Casper College Western History Center)
(Casper College Western History Center)
(Casper College Western History Center)
(Casper College Western History Center)
(Casper College Western History Center)
(Casper College Western History Center)
Students pose in their classroom, Dec. 1961. (Casper College Western History Center)
Decorating the Christmas tree in the lobby of Natrona County High School, Dec. 1961. (Casper College Western History Center)
A light pole lays on Second St. after an auto accident in downtown Casper on Dec. 1961. Chuck Morrison photo. (Casper College Western History Center)
Santa at what appears to be a fire station, Dec. 1961. Chuck Morrison photo. (Casper College Western History Center)
Crews hang Christmas decorations in downtown Casper at the corner of Second and Wolcott. JC Penny’s is at left, now Atrium Plaza. The white house lower center is now occupied by the back section of the downtown parking garage. Klines Department Store is at right, which is now occupied by various businesses. Chuck Morrison photo, Dec. 1961. (Casper College Western History Center)
Santa at a fire station, Dec. 1961. (Casper College Western History Center)
Installing Christmas decorations on Second St. in downtown Casper. Dec. 1961, Chuck Morrison photo. (Casper College Western History Center)
School nativity play. Dec. 1961. (Casper College Western History Center)
Office Christmas party, Dec. 1961. (Casper College Western History Center)
Christmas parade, Dec. 1961. (Casper College Western History Center)
School Christmas play. Chuck Morrison photo, Dec. 1961. (Casper College Western History Center)
Santa and child, possibly at Westridge Shopping Center. Chuck Morrison photo, Dec. 1961. (Casper College Western History Center)
A Christmas card featuring the 114 Club on Second Street near Center. From the Wyoming Tails and Trails website:
During World War II, the 114 was popular with service men training at the Casper Army Air Corps base. Alvin Brown who wrote for the Slip Stream, the base newspaper, recalled that at the base “the fellows were either working at the base or are down at the 114 Club.” For those who had a pass to go into town, the club was convenient. The bus made a stop at the corner of 2nd Street and Center. One pilot of a B-24 Liberator bomber who had trained at Casper went so far as to name his tent at Pantanella, Italy, the “114 Club.” The signs for the rest rooms in the club were illuminated by bulbs behind the letters. One time, a bulb behind the letters “WO” for the women’s room burned out, causing a little confusion. The Bar closed in 1952.
A home with lawn decorations. Chuck Morrison photo, Dec. 1961. (Casper College Western History Center)
A home with lawn decorations. Chuck Morrison photo, Dec. 1961. (Casper College Western History Center)
Christmas play, Dec. 1961. Photo by Chuck Morrison. (Casper College Western History Center)
Children in front of family tree. Chuck Morrison photo, Dec. 1961. (Casper College Western History Center)
Girl in front of tree, Dec. 1963. (Casper College Western History Center)
Children in their classroom, Dec. 1963. Chuck Morrison photo. (Casper College Western History Center)
Children posed with “Night Before Christmas” book in classroom, Dec. 1963. (Casper College Western History Center)
Santa and little girl, Dec. 1963. (Casper College Western History Center)
Family on Christmas, Dec. 1961. Photo by Chuck Morrison. (Casper College Western History Center)
Office Christmas party, early 1060s. (Casper College Western History Center)
Christmas dolls on a couch, date unknown. (Casper College Western History Center)
Undated newspaper clipping. “Christmas Doll” Mrs Emile Mosher and doll given to her mother Etta Butler Demorest. It adorned Casper’s first Christmas tree.” (Casper College Western History Center)
A Christmas card showing Casper decked out in the 1920s. (Casper College Western History Center)
A photo of a family at 159 South Iowa Ave. singing was featured on the front page of the Sunday edition of the Casper Tribune-Herald and Star on Christmas day in 1960.