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Thursday, December 17th, 2009

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Old Newsboys Christmas

Friday, December 4th, 2009

 Old Newsboys Christmas     Old Newsboys Christmas 1930′s

Not too long ago I told my father about some images that I had come across in the Virtual Motor City Collection about the Old Newsboys and Christmas.  Usually in the images as in those above, police officers and boy scouts were delivering packages to families in Detroit who were in need.  The tradition started in 1914 when James Brady founded the Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit (Detroit Goodfellows).  He and other businessmen would sell newspapers on the street (just as they do today), to raise money to provide Christmas gifts to childen.  To my suprise, my father who was born in 1927, told me that he was one of those children who received gifts from the Old Newsboys as his family had been hard hit by the depression, like so many others at that time.  I can’t look at these images without seeing my dad and his brothers.

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Santa the Serial Killer?

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Scary Santa

I had to laugh when I came across this image yesterday and realized how different our ideas about the meaning of things change over the years.  In this image which was obviously set up, Santa is looking through the window at two children, one is asleep on the floor but the other is still wide awake and staring up at the decorated tree.  Looking at this image with 21st Century eyes, at least in my case, especially the look on Santa’s face as he gazes into the window, it seems sinister and creepy.

Other Images of Santa in Virtual Motor City

Santa Claus Leaving Airplane (1930s)

Santa Claus Over Detroit (1930s)

Santa with Key to the City of Detroit, Thanksgiving Day Parade (1981)

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