My old friend Morticia of Morticia’s Morgue sent me the link to this Scared of Santa photo gallery. She points out that in #7, “Santa looks like he’s got a heck of a hangover.” I personally think #8, which is from 1949, looks like one of those creepy “ghost photos” you see in Fortean Times, with the patently fake jolly old elf supplying the ghost.
The best thing about this gallery, besides the satisfying schadenfreunde, is the amazing variety of Santas in evidence. Those who are obviously genuine oldsters with entirely real beards are the best ones, of course, but this also a photo gallery of hideously fake beards, ranging from hunks of cotton batting to what appears to be plastic. No wonder the tots are screaming.