News-Antique.com - Dec 15,2009 - Santa Fe, Dec. 15, 2009 -- Santa Claus is clearly a man with a past. And he’s coming to town next month just like he always does every December.
Child actress Shirley Temple said she stopped believing in Santa at six-years-old. It happened when her mother took her to visit Santa in a department store and he asked for Temple’s autograph.
Most kids probably wise up about Santa at a young age but rarely let on because the goods are so good and Christmas would be pretty darn dreary without him.
It’s no surprise people collect Santa effigies from the past. He brings back positive memories for many. Most of us are still kids when it comes to the “big guy”.
Vintage Santas are collectible. They have an old world charm about them that’s hard for people to resist. The older Santas were made with cotton batting, paper mache, chenille, twigs and die cut scraps. They’re reproducing them today but most likely they’ll be missing the patina of age that only a vintage Santa has.
On Oct. 8-10 Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa., featured a selection of vintage Santas in its October auction.
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