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Thursday, December 16, 2010

I've Heard Of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,"

But what on Earth is happening in this photo? It's time for more Des Plaines history via Christmas stories from local newspapers.

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I've read the caption and I still don't get it. Anyone know the Dahl family? They apparently were washing their Christmas stockings and the children decided to beat up on dad. For heaven's sakes, kids - YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE GOOD FOR CHRISTMAS! This photo is from the Des Plaines Suburban Times, December 24, 1957.

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There was a time when all the local communities had their official Santa Claus. In the article above, you can learn more about the differing fortunes of two local Claus representatives, circa 1940. This article appeared in the Chicago Daily Tribune, December 15, 1940. You can find more like it by using our ProQuest historical newspaper databases - useful, fast and a lot of fun, too.

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