Thomas Nast / Harper's Weekly

Santa Claus by Thomas Nast

"Merry Old Santa Claus", this drawing by cartoonist Thomas Nast, appeared in the January 1, 1881 edition of Harper's Weekly. The Thomas Nast interpretation of Santa Claus became a popular one that set the stage for the jolly, bearded, toy-laden version that so many people know today.

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