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Christmas, Belsnickel, photograph, Halifax, Carlisle, Mummers, New Year's Day
A typed letter from Evelyn A. Benson addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated January 14, 1959. Within, Benson discusses a book called Christmas Holidays: Or a Visit at Home and provides a photograph depicting a "Belsnickel" from a New Year's Day event in Halifax Township in Pennsylvania.
Evelyn A. Benson
Alfred L. Shoemaker
corn shocks on cover
The womans hat in the snapshot is good for verifying the date. Hats of this type in style 1907 or 1908-1911 or 1912.
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Benson, Evelyn, "Letter From Evelyn A. Benson to Alfred L. Shoemaker, January 14, 1959" (1959). Alfred L. Shoemaker Folk Cultural Documents. 199.
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A sepia toned photograph depicting a Belsnickel is provided at the end of the letter. The photograph is dated January 1, 1910.