Santa map produced by the General Drafting Co., Inc., in 1955. The map shows Santa participating in different cultural activities, sports and trades around the world. This piece is from our Trade and Advertising collection as it truly reflects a piece of ephemera with no other purpose than as an advertising “gimmick.” General Drafting Co, Inc. was one of the major road map publishers for much of the 20th century. The map measures 30” x 15”. Click here for a zoomable version.

These other Santa images appear to be from the same publication, likely a children’s book. They may have been removed to use as decorations in a nursery or at Christmas. While we can see some of the text on the reverse of the images, we don’t have enough (or a title page) to be able to determine from which book these came.

EPHEMERA FRIDAY: Each Friday we post a selection or small collection from our Archives. Some items may be on exhibit, some may be too fragile to display and some may be too unusual to fit into our typical Lowcountry exhibit themes. We will occasionally ask for help identifying people or places in photographs that have come to us with little or no information. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on EPHEMERA FRIDAY.