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Boy Stuck in Chimney

On December 12, 1951, 8-year-old Jimmy Kirk told his friend, Peter Rosinsky, also 8-years of age, that no one, not even Santa could fit down his chimney.  

You can probably guess what happened next.  Jimmy went up on the roof of his family’s Philadelphia home and headed down the chimney, feet first.  It wasn’t long before he got stuck with only his head sticking out of the chimney.

A house painter who had been working in the neighborhood came and safely pulled Jimmy out.  I guess no one ever told Jimmy that Santa had a lot of experience with chimneys.  No one is more of an expert than he is.  Santa can get up and down any chimney.  Yes, some may be tougher than others, but he never gets stuck.

Just how does Santa fit down those chimneys?
Just how does Santa fit down those chimneys? 1940 image from the Library of Congress.
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