1939: Cuddly, Cheery Santa

Now this is a cheerful, happy Santa!

1939: Globe Readers To Play Santa This Year

Globe readers played Santa in 1939.

1939: Santa To Visit By Airplane

Santa was going to visit by airplane in 1939.

1939: We Wish You A Scary Christmas

I think my exact words when I saw this 1939 ad the first time were: “GAH! Holy buckets, it’s Evil Santa!” The wearing away of the ink on the page has made this Santa creepier, but even the original Santa might have looked a little… off, with his frightening gaping maw, filled with teeth.

1960: Santa’s Igloo

I had no idea Santa even had an igloo.