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   xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Dec 12 02:19 AM

Dec 12, 2009: Blue Santa

Blue Santa from Akron, Ohio, no less.

Quote:
During the winter of 2001-2002, an archeological team working in downtown Akron, Ohio's, Lock 3 Park, unearthed a small ceramic figurine. It is a curious little man with a sweet face and long white beard, wearing a blue hooded coat. When thoroughly cleaned and examined they discovered this was Santa, the first and original, the real Santa.


Seems the were digging the site of the world's second mass production toy factory.
Oh, they claim it's the first, but I know that's at the North Pole. Mom told me.:p

Quote:
Head archeologist, Brian Graham, President of the non-profit, American Toy Marble Museum, conducted the survey on the site of the first mass-produced toy, a clay marble. His team of volunteers discovered tens of thousands of marbles and an equal number of small, penny toys. Graham estimates the figurine was manufactured in the mid-1890s, making it the first figurine of an American Santa and likely the oldest three-dimensional representation of Santa in existence. The figurine was thought at first, by some, to be a wizard or gnome, but in-depth research over the following seven years proved the Blue Santa is the real Santa.
In the 30s, Coke decided to use Santa in their ads, and took the liberty of changing Santas wardrobe to red.

Blue Santa & Friends™ is selling reproductions, pictured below.




ZenGum  Saturday Dec 12 04:05 AM

It looks more like Grumpy.



capnhowdy  Saturday Dec 12 08:02 AM

I like blue better.



Trilby  Saturday Dec 12 09:48 AM

I like my santas to be wearing a bit o' green.



ajaccio  Saturday Dec 12 10:27 AM

Looks to me like a monk with a bun in the oven.



Glinda  Saturday Dec 12 10:45 AM

Look at those sleeves and the big forehead. I think it's Confucius.




lumberjim  Saturday Dec 12 10:58 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
It looks more like Grumpy.
+1rep


Cloud  Saturday Dec 12 02:57 PM

ha! does look like grumpy. Or maybe Dumbledore.



Elspode  Saturday Dec 12 03:51 PM

I think that story and the history behind it is frigging awesome.



lumberjim  Saturday Dec 12 04:58 PM

Blew Santa NSFWish



sweetwater  Saturday Dec 12 06:15 PM

I ordered one! Thanks for posting the link. It will probably be the only Christmas gift that gets here on time, too.



Sundae  Monday Dec 14 02:12 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
In the 30s, Coke decided to use Santa in their ads, and took the liberty of changing Santas wardrobe to red.
Ahem (Snopes link).

I love the blue Santa though.


Trilby  Monday Dec 14 02:38 PM

no one likes green santa????

philistines.



lumberjim  Monday Dec 14 02:42 PM

what....like Menthol santa?



Trilby  Monday Dec 14 02:47 PM

um. I prefer to think of him as "Herb"-friendly santa.



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