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Santa Claus: 1958

Santa Claus: 1958

Pennsylvania circa 1958. Santa makes a house call! So, what do you want, Sonny? Come sit on Santa's lap and tell him all about it. View full size.

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They Cut Off Their Heads!

This is a very funny photo!
Thanks Shorpy, for all the Joy you bring us...It will surely come back to you!

Santa Arrives by Ford Taurus

In the late 1980's my wife volunteered my services as the Home Visit Santa for our subdivision. I donned a well used Santa outfit which included a beard smelling of a mixture of several brands of aftershave and a slight whiff of sweat. I was given a list of about fifteen homes where the parents requested Santa's presence. Some parents included the children's names and what they wanted. These facts helped seal the deal when I sprang the info on the kids. It was very enjoyable meeting the true believers with their eyes the size of quarters. After dragging myself (wearing two pillows) and my sack in and out of my Ford Taurus Wagon fifteen times I added a bit of my own essence to the beard. As I sit writing this, I realized I have something to add and check off on my bucket list. Merry Christmas to all the Shorpy viewers and a special thank you to Dave who gives us great little gifts year round.

Sensible Shoes

Are being worn by the lady on the right, the only choice of ladies of their generation at the time.

Love that sofa!

That is some happening color, even for the 50s. :-)


We called 'em icicles. Placed one at a time like mom made us do so they could be re-used. Love seeing them again.

All aboard!

Looks like O-gauge track under the tree and behind Santa.


The two women on the couch are obviously related but the youngest is still too old to be the boys Mother.

I would suggest perhaps Grandma and Great Grandma?

Deja vu

Judging from the black tie-up shoes, that could be my Grandma sitting there!! Brings back wonderful memories!! Merry Christmas, Shorpy and Shorpy fans!!!

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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