Christmas in Caldwell (Ohio), 1880

Merry Christmas 2011! Last January, I happened across this 1880 advertisement while researching something else, and thought it would be fitting come the next Christmas time. It is nothing short of a Christmas miracle that I happened to remember it today. Even 131 years ago: 1) Parents are hard-pressed to fool their children about Santa Claus, and 2) Christmas and commercialism had already bonded.

Enjoy, and may you and yours have a very Merry Christmas or whichever holiday celebrations you enjoy!

Milt. James' Toy Store advertisement, 1880 ("Milt James Toy Store advertisement," (Caldwell, OH) Caldwell Citizens Press, 16 Dec 1880, p. 2. )

 

 

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