Merry Old Santa Claus Public Domain ClipArt Stock Photos and Images.. Thomas Nast's most famous drawing, "Merry Old Santa Claus", from the January 1, 1881 edition of Harper's Weekly.
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Thomas Nast immortalized Santa Claus' current look with an initial illustration in an 1863 issue of Harper's Weekly, as part of a large illustration titled "A Christmas Furlough" in which Nast set aside his regular news and political coverage to do a Santa Claus drawing. The popularity of that image prompted him to create another illustration in 1881.
Title: Santa Claus in camp. Date Created / Published: 1863. Medium: 1 print : wood engraving. Summary: Santa Claus giving gifts to soldiers in camp. Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-122770 (b and w film copy neg.)
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Call Number: Illus. in AP2.H32 1863 (Case Y) [P and P] Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Notes: Illus. in: Harper's weekly, v. 7, (1863 Jan. 3), p. 1.