THIS AND THAT: A Chiles Christmas

A Chiles Birthday: What four year old doesn’t want their own “moving picture machine?” The society column at the end of December noted the Christmas and birthday party of four-year old Master James Richard Chiles who showed films to his guests. The machine also came with a biweekly supply of films for future enjoyment, a sort of 1920’s Netflix I guess.christmaspartypart1



The stockings were hung by the original fireplace in the parlor living room with care. By the 1920s furniture catalogs no longer referred to parlors. Living rooms began to become commonplace but throughout the 1920s larger homes still had parlors while smaller homes combined spaces into a more multi-functional “living room.”


The tree in the library is decorated with White House ornaments and from other historic locations. Happy Advent from Chiles House!