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Thursday Did You Know Tidbit: One More Great NJ Invention

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The modern concept of Santa Claus was created by Thomas Nast who lived and worked in Morristown, New Jersey. He created a series of illustrations for the Harper’s Weekly magazine in the 1880’s, including such new concepts as Santa driving a team of flying reindeer, parking his sled on the roof, and descending down the chimney. His iconic illustration, “Merry Old Santa Claus,” pictured below, became the ubiquitous image of Santa that we all know today. To read more click here.

Courtesy of Morristown Lbrary

Courtesy of Morristown Lbrary


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