Saturday, December 22, 2018

32 Vintage Photos of Santa Claus on the Streets of New York City in the Late 1970s

Santa Claus has come to town many times, and he's hung out in some unlikely
places. Shown is an amazing collection of black and white photographs of Santa
Clauses on the streets of New York City, taken by Magnum photographer Susan
Meiselas from 1976-1978.

“Early one morning, near my home and on my way to someplace else, I crossed
paths with a Santa Claus. I wanted to know who this guy was. Where did he come
from? Why was he in my neighborhood?”

“Then I discovered the "Volunteers of America." It was the organization behind
the homeless men on Fifth Avenue who dressed as Santa Claus to collect money
for the shelter in my neighborhood. Most people on the sidewalks just walked
past them, some made contributions, but others had their children balance on
Santa's knees, never of course imagining where these men had come from.”

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