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Christmas with the Von Tobel Family, 1923 ~by Hana Gutierrez

By Cyndi Shein on December 19, 2014 11:52 AM | Permalink

Von Tobel Family Papers, 19051997. MS-00589. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Box 09 folder 02).

Von Tobel Family Papers, 19051997. MS-00589. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Box 09 folder 02)

Many of the Christmas presents children receive today would have looked very strange under the Christmas tree of Von Tobel family in the 1920s. A small metal rectangle with wires that connect to the ears, an animal made of metal, a box filled with plastics bricks that you assemble yourself—MP3 players, robotic pets, and LEGOs are just some of the gifts that today's children desire during the holiday season that children of the 1920s would never have dreamed of.  While many of the presents children desire fade and change with the times, there is one present that children of all times have wished for … a new bicycle!