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Youngsters wrote letters to the North Pole asking Santa for gifts for Christmas in 1908

Bob Cox • Nov 27, 2017 at 12:15 PM

Each Christmas for the last several years, I have listed letters from youngsters to Santa Claus to show how gifts have changed over almost a century.

Further, I get a kick out of the way youngsters express themselves to Santa. Today's letters were accumulated from Christmas 1908. The names are real, with only slight changes. Their parents most likely assisted them.

1. Heyward Williams: "I want some toys. I want a steam engine about a yard long. I want a good train that will run on a track and a good sled and candy and oranges and apples. Goodbye, I will write you another letter next Christmas."

2. Frank Snodgrass: "Bring me a little wagon and I want you to bring me a little tricycle and some oranges and some candy too. I want you to bring me a little train that will run like a real train. I want you to bring me five big firecrackers and some little firecrackers too and some of those great big ones that are loud. Well, I will close for this time. Yours truly."

3. Howard Grace: "I thought I would write you a few lines to tell you what I would like to have for Christmas. I would like to have a toy train that you wind up. I would like to have a new kite that would fly high up in the sky and I would like to have some candy. Well, I will close for this time, Good by. From your little friend."

4. Margaret Florence McCown: "Santa, I want you to bring me a little store, and I want a great big teddy bear, and will you please bring me some books, and please bring me some candy and bananas. This is not all I want for Christmas. I want some oranges too, and I want a little celluloid doll too. Your little friend."

5. Bessie Fields: "If you please, bring me a new doll and a dress for it and a carriage for it. Bring me some bananas and nuts and candy and oranges and grapes and apples. If you please, Santa Claus, bring Miss Nugent some things. I love my teacher better than any teacher I ever had. I am in the second grade. Bring me a ribbon, if you please bring me some apples. If you please, bring me a toboggan, bring me a ring if you please. That is all, your little friend."

6. Maud Vally: "I want you to bring me a set of books and a gold bracelet and a doll and a box of candy and some oranges and a ring and bring me some apples. Bring my mama some presents and bring my papa some presents too. I have been a good girl. My brothers have been good too. I want you to bring my brothers some presents too."

7. Louise Cox: "I thought I would write you a few lines. I want you to bring me a doll that can open and shut her eyes and some clothes that will fit her and a cap too. Don't forget to bring me some candy, and please bring me a set colored pencils. Please bring me a china closet. Please bring me a bed for my doll to sleep in and a little blanket to put her in. Please bring me a little go-cart so I can roll her in it, and bring me a little man that you squeeze and he will hollow. I guess I will close now. Your friend."

8. Your little friend: "I will write a few lines to tell you what I want for Christmas. I want you to bring me a wagon and horse, oranges and some candy, and a little train. And if you please, bring me a sky rocket and some apples and a horn. I want you to bring me an automobile. I will close. Your little friend."

9. Charlie Hays: "I want a little wagon and I want some apples to eat. Please bring me some toys and later more of things to eat and lots more toys too. I am going to be good in school. I want a little tricycle so that is all, your friend."

10. Pearl Herron: "I wish that you would please bring me a nice doll that can go to sleep. I want some oranges and apples and candy and please don't forget to bring me a doll that can shut its eyes. And please bring my doll a little bed for it to sleep in and a little cap for it and please bring me a shawl to wear to school and two yards of ribbon to make me a hair ribbon. Please bring me some pencils. Please don't forget me."

11. Irene Hyder: "I will write you a letter to tell you what I want for Christmas. I want a new doll and a bed for her to sleep in. I want some oranges and apples and a big cradle to rock my doll in. I want some books to read at Christmas. I want some candy and some yellow lemons. I am going to hang my stocking up and see if you will bring what I asked for. I want some grapes, yellow ones and purple. I want some pencils. I want some dishes. I want some handkerchiefs. I want a hat and some shoes. I want something for mama. I want you to bring poor children some things too. Your friend."

12. Rodea Campbell: "I will write you a few lines to let you know that I want you to bring me a new doll and some nuts and some apples and some candy and some grapes. Please bring the poor children some candy and nuts and apples. Please bring Miss Nugent some nuts and a ring and some other things. Bring my little sister something and everybody else something. I will close for this time. Your best friend."

13. Arthur Love: "I want you to bring me something for Christmas. I want you to bring me some candy and oranges. I want you to bring me a train and that is all want at this time."

14. Blanche Range: "I thought I would write you a letter to tell you what I want you to bring me. I want you to bring me a celluloid doll. I want a little bedroom suit too. And please bring me a dining room suit. And I want you to please bring Miss Nugent something this year. I like my teacher very much. I want a little closet."

Miss (Mrs.) Nugent must have been some teacher to be mentioned in three letters to Santa Claus.

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