John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
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Advent 2005: Merry Christmas and thanks for the hot rod race

It's Two-for-Tuesday!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas

A Merry Christmas

I get a kick out of old Christmas cards that show Santa Claus using non-traditional forms of transportation, so today I'm featuring two cards that depict Santa behind the wheel of a car. The first one is not dissimilar to the airplane card I posted last week, in that it appears to have been drawn by someone who has never actually seen a car. By contrast, the artist of the lower card took great care to render the Santamobile as accurately as possible, though I have to admit that I know very little about vintage cars, so it's entirely possible that the lower card is, in its way, just as inaccurate/implausible as the other.

Interestingly, both cars have the steeing wheel on the right side of the car, by which I mean the wrong side. I don't know where the top card came from, but the bottom one was printed right here in the good old You Ess of Aye. I guess Boston still harbored a few Tories as late as 1907.

The subject line and the cut text come from "Christmas Hot Rod Race," a fun little holiday novelty song by '52 Pickup, a DC-area rockabilly band. You can download a free, legal copy of the song from mp3.washingtonpost.com.
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