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  • Santa's workshop was part of the Lincoln Tower's mezzanine display in 1951.

  • Downtown shoppers pass through the intersection of Wayne and Calhoun streets in a photo from the late 1960s.

  • A holiday window display at Frohnapfel Drug Store reflected a wartime theme in 1943.

  • Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette Animated figures were part of holiday display at Wolf Dessauer Department Store mide 20th century. video

  • Journal-Gazette drivers delivered Christmas baskets in 1940 as part of an annual effort to help the needy.

  • Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette Some of the animated figures from the holiday display at the Wolf & Dessauer Department Store in the mid-20th century

Sunday, December 24, 2017 1:00 am

Home for the holidays

What fuels our yearning for Christmas each year? Memories, of course – the wondrous sight of brightly lit storefronts, the sound of carols in a darkened sanctuary, the delight found in even the smallest of gifts. Whatever your experience, there's likely a recollection that triggers feelings of joy, optimism and peace.

For Christmas, we share scenes of Fort Wayne Christmases past from the collection of the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society, with the hope they might evoke some of your fondest memories of the holiday and the promise it holds.