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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Christmas at Kresge's: 1947

Christmas at Kresge's: 1947

Posing with Santa Claus and reindeer at Kresge's Department Store in Lafayette, Indiana, 1947. View full size.

That hat

That's got to be the dumbest Santa hat I've ever seen.

It must have been something homemade someone put together in a hurry.

I love it!

I think this is one of the better pictures submitted by members. It smacks of when things weren't "slick"—- breakfast was yummy ham and eggs, milk and butter were good for you, kids didn't have sacks of their own money, and you predicted the weather by looking out the window. I love it: Santa's probably a WWII veteran, the snow is cotton wool, the backdrop is tempera on cardboard, and Santa's reindeer is a dead stuffed white-tail. Memories, memories, memories.

 
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