Dec 16, 2009

Civil War Santa

Huh, I thought Santa was more of a postbellum thing - I guess not. Santa, dressed in a fur trimmed flag motif, appears to have handed out socks, a pipe, a Jeff Davis puppet, and a jack-in-the-box for some drummer boys. Note the holiday activities in the background.

"Santa Claus giving gifts to soldiers in camp. Illus. in: Harper's weekly, v. 7, (1863 Jan. 3), p. 1. 1 print : wood engraving." (Library of Congress)