How was he portrayed in the local newspapers in times past? What does this say about our ancestors ? (That I will leave up to you) .
Needless to say, I have not gone through every December edition of the local papers; however, one does get the idea that businesses very quickly caught on to the use of the Santa image to sell sell sell.
I am not going to go into a history of the evolution of the Santa Claus as we know him today. But an image that we would recognize came about a lot earlier that I thought. One of the first artists to portray Santa Claus much as we know him was American cartoonist Charles Nast in “Harpers Weekly”, December 29, 1866.
|Harper's Weekly, 1881|
|The London Advertiser, 1892. Caption reads "Something For The Children: Just Look !"|
|The London Advertiser, December 1901|
|The London Advertiser, December 1914|
|The London Free Press, December 1931|
|The London Free Press employee publication, December 1953|
Now it's 2010 and I have both the belly and the grey beard. It's also GOOD TO BE SANTA !
|This is not me - worst luck !|