The Way It Was: Staff Edition

Christmas, 1957

Each month, contributor George Bulanda pens a brief narrative of a moment in history in the metro Detroit area. This month, we introduce a new web exclusive in which Hour Detroit editors share their own blasts from the past. First up: Associate Editor Emma Klug submits a photo of her father’s first Christmas — just in time for the holiday season.

1957 Following his first Christmas, a 10-month-old Thomas Klug stares up at the tree in his family’s Warren home in January 1957. The tree shared the home’s main floor with an oil-fueled furnace that the now 61-year-old Klug once considered to be a “monster.” Other photos saved by the family show that some of his gifts that Christmas included a baseball glove, a small football, a top, a toy lawn mower, a sled, a drum — “My mother wonders whose bright idea that was,” he says — and a rocking horse, which his mom still has to this day.

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Emma Klug is a senior editor and digital content coordinator at Hour Detroit. In her role, Klug writes and edits stories on community, art, food, and lifestyle topics for hourdetroit.com, edits the Hour Daily newsletter, and is involved in planning and proofing the monthly print magazine. She also oversees the editorial web internship program for the magazine. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, Klug has been with Hour Detroit since 2016. She has also contributed to Hour Media publications DBusiness magazine and Metro Detroit Weddings magazine. You can reach her at eklug@hour-media.com.