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Panorama of the Visit of Santa Claus to the Happy Children

Object Number: 
1955.269
Date: 
ca. 1880
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper, wood, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 3/8 x 8 3/4 x 5 3/8 in. ( 6 x 22.2 x 13.7 cm )
Marks: 
printed: on box lid: "PANORAMA OF/THE VISIT/OF/SANTA CLAUS/TO THE/HAPPY CHILDREN/PUBLISHED BY/MILTON BRADLEY & CO./SPRINGFIELD. MASS." printed: printed script begins: "SANTA CLAUS PANORAMA/My dear children, I come before you at this time to exhibit to yo
Description: 
Cardboard box with window cut in top to reveal a series of views that are printed on a long strip of paper housed on two spools and rotated with cranks; views are polychrome representations of children at play, both indoors and outdoors, with toys and without toys, in winter and summer; printed decoration around window on box consists of Santa Claus pouring toys from a sack and children playing below; an eight page document including five pages of script and three of advertisements accompanies the panorama.
Credit Line: 
Purchase, Christian DePeyster Bertram Fund
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group