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Photos: Beverly Hills Estates Decked Out For Christmas In 1938

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These beautiful photos of stately Beverly Hills homes adorned with Christmas decorations offer a glimpse of how SoCal's more affluent residents celebrated the holidays.

The photos were taken by Hermann Schultheis, who worked as an animator for Disney, in 1938. Schultheis' photos show massive Christmas trees illuminating the front yards of beautiful mansions and cloth made to resemble fake snow on rows of bushes. The night-time photos are wonderfully elegant, perfectly capturing the allure of 1930s L.A.