Santa Claus Picture Book
What better way to celebrate the Council's generous fiscal supplement than to purchase this picture book about Santa Claus! Featuring chromolithographs in muted tones of blue and green characteristic of McLoughlin picture books from the 1890s, this book portrays Santa as toy maker, responsible business man (he keeps carefully inscribed ledger books bearing the names of good boys and girls), and genial saint. He is aided by faithful brownies that help polish his tools and answer the telephone, which was the height of emerging technology in the 1890s.
To view more images of Kris Kringle in the AAS collections, visit the 2004 online exhibition Visions of Christmas.
Purchased from Helen Younger. Harry G. Stoddard Memorial Fund.
~ Laura Wasowicz, Curator of Children's Literature
"One day I am visited by a collector of ordination sermons; the next, by
a collector of 4th of July orations; then comes a collector of geography;
another wants religious newspapers; another wants every book printed in
New York before 1700. I accommodate myself to all; for I want every thing
and collect every thing, and I have more zeal than the whole of them: and
in this way I am kept very busy."
~Christopher Columbus Baldwin
3rd Librarian of AAS