Santas of Christmases Past

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A Santa taking a “coffee break” during NYC Christmas season. December 1962.

It’s been 112 years since 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon of West 95th Street asked if there was a Santa Claus. An open letter back to the girl ended with: “No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.” {read more} Gothamist (Photo Gallery)

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