Santa Claus “Wonders of Santa Claus”, Harpers Weekly, cover, 12-24-1857

Illustration titled “Wonders of Santa Claus”

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On December 24, 1857, an article and illustration titled “Wonders of Santa Claus” appeared on the cover of Harper’s Weekly. The Santa Claus in this illustration sports the beard, fur coat and hat, pipe and that would come to define Santa and appeared for the first time in an arctic location that could well have been the North Pole.