Game of the Visit of Santa Claus. McLoughlin Brothers, 1901. The Strong National Museum of Play, Online Collections.
The Victorians' love affair with Santa Claus started with Clement Moore's poem, “An Account of a Visit From Saint Nicholas,” published in 1823. But it wasn't until Thomas Nast, a German immigrant and illustrator, created the iconic version of Saint Nick as a jolly, bearded fat man in a red suit that Santa really took off. In fact, the Victorians created a number of Santa-themed... READ ON