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Christmas Retrocast – Podcast #210

This episode of the Useless Information Retrocast includes the following:

Special Segment: A look back at letters written by children to Santa since 1865.

Question of the Day: When did Santa make his first appearance in a US department store?

James Edgar, the first US department store Santa Claus.
James Edgar, the first US department store Santa Claus.

Retrosponsor: Balloon Animal by RCW Enterprises

Audio is from the November 15, 1949, broadcast of The Nine Thirty Club.

Link to the May 22, 1950, article on RCW Enterprises in Sponsor magazine.

Footnotes to History:

Santa Claus Runs Off Stage as His Pants Come Down (1934)

Lights, Daddy! Girl Gets Sight (1949)

On Wife’s Orders: Hubby Covers Up for Santa Claus (1957)

Little Girl Nearly Lost on Trip to See Daddy (1959)

With Help of Court, Traffic Offenders Brighten Boy’s Yule (1965)

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