What kid doesn't love Santa Claus? In his purest form he represents hope, fun, joy and the excitement of being showered with gifts. These vintage Santa graphics capture those magical qualities of Santa in quite different ways, depending on the era. Father Christmas, as he used to be called before he became the Santa we know today, represents an old fashioned Christmas. He was usually portrayed as not quite as jolly as more modern versions. In fact, in some old fashioned graphics, Santa looks downright sad and tired. But children loved him just the same.
As the years progressed, Santa got a bit of a face lift. He smiled more and was absolutely beaming by the time the sixties arrived. Not to be cynical, but that's probably because advertisers found that jolly, smiling Santas sell products. But society -- specifically children -- aren't any worse for having Santa graphics become jollier. In a world that's often fraught with tension, a smiling Santa is and always will be welcome.
The vintage Santa graphics below span quite a few decades. It's easy to recognize the older, old fashioned Santas by their darker colors and more serious tone. And the images from the sixties scream retro, especially the one that portrays Santa with the antennas on the rooftop. Children today probably don't even know what antennas are, but when I was growing up, they often had Christmas lights hanging from them during the holiday season. I remember asking my mom if our antenna would get in the way of Santa landing his sleigh.It obviously didn't, because I managed to get many nice Christmas presents over the years.
Vintage Santa Graphics
Instructions for Downloading the Vintage Santa Graphics
To download, choose a small version of any of the vintage Santa graphics above the large image to the right. When you click on one of the images, it will appear larger. Then, if you have a PC, just right-click and save the final version of the artwork to your hard drive. If you have a Mac, control-click the image until you see an option to save it to your hard drive.
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sudeep13582 from Howrah on September 23, 2010:
nice hub... very informative... thanks
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Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on December 01, 2008:
Thanks, Prosperity66 and diggersstory! :-)
diggersstory from #1 Tourist Trap O Town USA on December 01, 2008:
I love your hubs. :)
Prosperity66 on November 30, 2008:
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on November 16, 2008:
Try http://VintageHolidayCrafts.com (my blog). There are a variety of Santa images there. :-)
TKIMWRSVC from United States on November 16, 2008:
Awesome. any tips to find the more rustic, european look Santa images. I would appreciate thosee. Again thanks.
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on November 13, 2008:
Me too, wannabwestern. It definitely brings back memories of the antennas we used to have on our roof when I was growing up.
Carolyn Augustine from Iowa on November 13, 2008:
I like the Santa at the window and the one on the chimney with the TV antenna.
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on November 12, 2008:
Great, Eileen! I'm always happy to know how people use the images.
Eileen on November 12, 2008:
Just what I was looking for to embelish homemade ornaments. Thanks, just the ticket.
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on November 07, 2008:
Hello, Mihala from Romania! Thanks for visiting. :-)
Mihaela B. on November 05, 2008:
Thanks. For this beautiful dreams corner.
Greetings from Romania!
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on November 04, 2008:
C.S.Alexis from NW Indiana on November 04, 2008:
Love The Vintage Santas. Cute! C.S.
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on November 03, 2008:
Thanks, jvendewalker! Merry Christmas to you too. :-)
jvandewalker from Quitman, Ms on November 01, 2008:
Awesome page. Thankyou MEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRYYYY CHRISTMAS!!
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on October 29, 2008:
Bob Ewing from New Brunswick on October 29, 2008:
I like the vintage Santa, thanks.