The Three Kings delivering gifts, children with toys, and families queuing to see the Three Wise Men from the East. Xavier Miserachs’ documentaries cover all possible aspects of Barcelona in the late 1950s and 1960s, including the Feast of the Epiphany or Day of the Kings. To capture the spirit of the occasion, he travelled to industrial complexes in the city, where the children of working-class families received gifts in ceremonies organised by the companies themselves. He did this on the night of 5 January 1962 at the Aiscondel factory in Barcelona and, at some point between 1958 and 1964, at the Moñoz factories. While in his other images we are given glimpses of childhood particular to those years, such as street games, bumper cars and Palm Sunday, one of the moments that we still celebrate as central today could not be left out: the story of childhood on the Day of the Kings.

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