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Stunning Vintage Photos of Santa Claus from the Past

During the holiday season, Santa Claus, the beloved iconic symbol, brings joy, nostalgia, and warmth. Santa Claus was originally an idea originating from a 4th-century Greek Christian bishop. Still, he has now grown into a worldwide phenomenon and a symbol of the generosity and kindness of the holiday season.

Take a look at these beautiful photos of Santa Claus from the past.

#1 A man in Santa Claus costume sleeping on a bench, circa 1940

A man in Santa Claus costume sleeping on a bench, circa 1940

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#2 A man dressed as Father Christmas shaking hands with a soldier, 1940

A man dressed as Father Christmas shaking hands with a soldier, 1940

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#3 Trainees at a school for Santa Claus impersonators, 1940

Trainees at a school for Santa Claus impersonators, 1940

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#4 Father Christmas in wartime London, 1940

Father Christmas in wartime London, 1940

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#5 A 45-foot Santa Claus inflated for the Macy’s Parade, New York, 1940. (Weegee)

A 45-foot Santa Claus inflated for the Macy's Parade, New York, 1940. (Weegee)

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#6 Santa Claus handing out gifts during World War II, 1942. (David E. Scherman)

Santa Claus handing out gifts during World War II, 1942. (David E. Scherman)

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#7 Group of Santa Claus mascots inside the Macy’s department store, 1948. (Nina Leen)

Group of Santa Claus mascots inside the Macy's department store, 1948. (Nina Leen)

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#8 A bus driver shaking hands with Father Christmas passing by on his scooter, London, 1949. (Reg Speller)

A bus driver shaking hands with Father Christmas passing by on his scooter, London, 1949. (Reg Speller)

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#9 Glenn Ford dressed as Santa Claus in the film ‘Mr. Soft Touch,’ 1949.

Glenn Ford dressed as Santa Claus in the film 'Mr. Soft Touch,' 1949.

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#10 A sponsored Santa Claus searching for a chimney on the rooftop, Rye, Sussex, 1950.

A sponsored Santa Claus searching for a chimney on the rooftop, Rye, Sussex, 1950.

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#11 Santa Claus gets a traffic ticket, Maywood, California, 1952.

Santa Claus gets a traffic ticket, Maywood, California, 1952.

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#12 Santa Claus held up by a group of boys armed with toy guns, London, 1954.

Santa Claus held up by a group of boys armed with toy guns, London, 1954.

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#13 Lucille Ball and fellow cast members during the ‘I Love Lucy Christmas Special,’ 1956.

Lucille Ball and fellow cast members during the 'I Love Lucy Christmas Special,' 1956.

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#14 Group of Santa Clauses crossing the street, 1959.

Group of Santa Clauses crossing the street, 1959.

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#15 Santa Claus flanked by two policemen down the street, 1959.

Santa Claus flanked by two policemen down the street, 1959.

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#16 Salvador Dali in Santa outfit, 1961.

Salvador Dali in Santa outfit, 1961.

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#17 Santa Claus rally in New York, 1961.

Santa Claus rally in New York, 1961.

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#18 Debbie Reynolds arrived at the Golden Apple Awards in Los Angeles dressed as Santa Claus, 1969.

Debbie Reynolds arrived at the Golden Apple Awards in Los Angeles dressed as Santa Claus, 1969.

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#19 A saddened Father Christmas at David Morgan’s store in Cardiff, 1973.

A saddened Father Christmas at David Morgan's store in Cardiff, 1973.

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#20 A woman glance at a surly looking Santa in a busy shopping street, 1975.

A woman glance at a surly looking Santa in a busy shopping street, 1975.

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#21 W. MacDonald Bailey as Father Christmas at a childrens party, 1925

W. MacDonald Bailey as Father Christmas at a childrens party, 1925

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#22 Santa Claus brings a sack full of toys down a chimney on a snowy rooftop, 1925

Santa Claus brings a sack full of toys down a chimney on a snowy rooftop, 1925

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#23 Father Christmas visiting a ward in New Yorks Orthopaedic Hospital, 1950

Father Christmas visiting a ward in New Yorks Orthopaedic Hospital, 1950

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#24 A young girl finds Father Christmas asleep at Bourne And Hollingsworth store in Oxford street, London, 21st December 1976

A young girl finds Father Christmas asleep at Bourne And Hollingsworth store in Oxford street, London, 21st December 1976

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#25 Even Father Christmas follows the war time safety precautions as he arrives this year, complete with tin helmet, at Londons famous Brompton road store, Harrods, 6th November 1939

Even Father Christmas follows the war time safety precautions as he arrives this year, complete with tin helmet, at Londons famous Brompton road store, Harrods, 6th November 1939

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#26 Three year old Marianne Abbott from Leigh on Sea, Essex, unwraps her Christmas presents under the benign gaze of Smokey the dog, dressed up as Santa, complete with beard, 3rd January 1974

Three year old Marianne Abbott from Leigh on Sea, Essex, unwraps her Christmas presents under the benign gaze of Smokey the dog, dressed up as Santa, complete with beard, 3rd January 1974

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#27 Father Christmas waiting for a bus in the London West End with his reindeer and a sack of presents, 12th August 1970

Father Christmas waiting for a bus in the London West End with his reindeer and a sack of presents, 12th August 1970

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#28 A pair of five year old twins tell Father Christmas what they want for their presents at Selfidges in Oxford Street, 10th December 1970

A pair of five year old twins tell Father Christmas what they want for their presents at Selfidges in Oxford Street, 10th December 1970

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#29 Santa Claus welcomes young visitors to his North Pole Workshop in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, 1955

Santa Claus welcomes young visitors to his North Pole Workshop in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, 1955

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Written by Aung Budhh

Husband + Father + librarian + Poet + Traveler + Proud Buddhist. I love you with the breath, the smiles and the tears of all my life.

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