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100 years of heading home for the holidays

Commiserate with your fellow weary travelers

From the Midwest to the middle of Europe, the march is the same: Braving throngs of people and toting enormous bags, we make the trek back home to spend the week between Christmas and New Years with our loved ones.

1915
Soldiers arriving at a station in London to travel home for Christmas.
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1928
Young travelers at London’s Waterloo Station, leaving for Christmas in the country.
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1930
The Christmas crowd going away on holidays at London’s Paddington Station.
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1942
A congested railroad coach, due to Christmas time travel by servicemen and families.
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1944
Travelers pack Union Station before Christmas.
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1941
Travelers waiting in the Washington, D.C., Greyhound Bus station, Dec. 24th.
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1963
Soldiers stationed in Germany get on a TWA Boeing 707 to fly home for Christmas.
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1963
Inhabitants of West Berlin queue up for Christmas permits to East Berlin.
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1964
Italian guest workers get on trains at the main railway station in Stuttgart to spend the Christmas Days at home.
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1965
A family with their dog and luggage waiting at Paddington station, London, for a West of England Express.
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1968
Long queues of U.S. soldiers at the Frankfurt Airport to travel home for Christmas.
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1978
Crowds at O’Hare International Airport, Chicago.
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