Today I thought I'd share some vintage views of Santa Claus, beginning with what I believe to be the oldest and working my way forward.
In Victorian times, there are frequent examples of St. Nicholas dressed in colors other than the traditional red suit:
An unusual Santa dressed in black:
Santa changed from almost normal weight and athletic, like the skiing Santa above, to roly-poly in the 1930's and 40's:
But unlike Victorian-era images, he was depicted as "jolly":
A 1950's Santa from a Christmas card:
Even when asleep, he seemed to be happy (especially on December 26th):
A Coca-Cola magazine ad featuring Santa Claus from the 1950's:
Images from the 60's and 70's are easy to spot because of the psychedelic colors:
What's your favorite era for Santa Claus and Christmas images?