On this day in 1899, and many days during the week, Athens Steam Laundry on Broad Street ran this somewhat creepy version of Santa Claus in their ads for their business:
Athens Steam Laundry often ran ads associated with the holidays, including one the following year featuring well dressed turkeys in starched collars around Thanksgiving. By 1903, the business moved from its location on West Broad to where the Globe pub is today.
- Athens Daily Banner, July 1899 - Dec. 1899 on Microfilm in the Heritage collection.
- Athens Historic Newspaper Archive collection in the Digital Library of Georgia.
- Athens City Directories, 1889 - 1927 on Microfilm in the Heritage collection.
- A Postcard History of Athens, Georgia by Gary L. Doster in the Heritage collection.
- Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, June 1898 in the Digital Library of Georgia.
- Downtown Athens Walking Tour (.pdf file) on the Athens Welcome Center website.
- Christmas Stories from Georgia by Dorothy Dodge Robbins in the short story collection.
- When Santa Was a Shaman: The Ancient Origins of Santa Claus and the Christmas Tree by Tony van Renterghem in the general collection.
- The Father Christmas Letters by J.R.R. Tolkien in the general collection.
- The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by Frank L. Baum in the children's collection.
- The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore in the children's collection.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton in the DVD collection.