Happy Holidays from Special Collections: The Santa Version

We are officially in the winter season meaning the holidays are fast approaching! This holiday season, we thought we would share some of our favorite images of Santa for those visitors celebrating Christmas.

It is fun to see how our jolly friend has changed over the years (and stayed the same too).

We hope everyone is enjoying this season. The Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center is closed on December 24 & 25 as well as December 31 & January 1.

The Daily Times, December 1, 1915. Pg. 10. One of the earliest Santa ads we found in the local newspapers.
DPL Vol 194 dplvm89-000325. Workers putting up a Santa decoration.
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Christmas Parade circa 1940s with Jaycees Santa following the float.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, December 21, 1930. Pg. 11.
Santa has a very full beard and mustache in this image.
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Circa 1940s, Santa on a sleigh with a pack of toys in the Christmas parade.
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In 1948, Santa had changed from a sleigh to an airplane during the Christmas parade. Much to the delight of the children watching.
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November 27, 1947 Christmas parade. Santa had helpers on his float this year to spread the holiday cheer.
The Daily Times, December 20, 1949. Pg. 33.
By the late 1940s, images of Santa were no longer illustrations, but photographs.
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During the 1954 Christmas parade, Santa floated down the street past the Mississippi Hotel with a reindeer leading his sleigh.

We wish you all a very merry and joyous holiday season!

(posted by Amy D.)

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