Mary Cory, El Dorado County Museum director, displays an assortment of vintage Christmas cards and postcards. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
BEFORE CHRISTMAS CARDS became popular people sent Christmas postcards, such as these collected at the El dorado County Museum. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
ONE OF THREE downtown Placerville paintings by Thomas Kinkade casts Placerville in a nostalgic glow of Christmas time in about the 1930s when the Forum Cafe was open and run by Joe and Bob Flynn's mother. The Forum later became the Blue Bell Cafe run by the Butts family. It is now the Bookery.