Friday, December 19, 2008

Mickey & Minnie visit with Santa Claus

From my clipping file, an interesting photo and story which appeared in the November 23, 1934 issue of The Oakland Tribune:


The photo's caption read: "The mice will play, even if Santa Claus does give them permission. Here's Santa greeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Kahn's toy department. "

The accompanying story read:

SANTA READY TO GREET ALL

Kahn's Department Store has introduced a new feature in connection with its toy department on the fourth floor. The two Walt Disney characters, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, will be on hand tomorrow to lead Santa Claus to his throne. This special feature has been arranged for Saturday only. The Disney characters and Santa Claus will be on hand to greet Oakland's youngsters all day tomorrow.

It appears that adult-sized Halloween costumes have been used to depict the two characters. I think this scenario was repeated countless times in toy departments across the country in the 1930s.

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