Standing SANTA Figure Over 3 ft Tall
This Santa comes fully dressed! Fur cap, gloves, white beard, twinkle in his eyes, belt and boots. The Santa is 38 inches tall (3 feet 2 inches) by 19 inches wide (1 foot 3 inches). His head is removable so you can position it as you please. He is a bit dusty, and could use a grooming to make him sparkle! His suit is as red velveteen, white fur like material around his cuffs, down the front, and around the bottom of his jacket. His beard is acrylic fur (and can be combed). His boots are plastic and attached. His boots have a spot on his right one that barely shows. Also, he has some rubbing to his left cheek. His suit is in good repair, and is all attached. This Santa can be used Indoors, or if you live in a dry climate, would do nicely outside. I do not know how old he is, but I have been with him for many years! Ho-Ho-Ho- Mrs. Santa?
I would be shipping this Santa Well packed in one large box.
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Harold Gale began making Display Santa's around 1946 at home. The business continued to c.1987/8, with problems along the way because Gale had alcohol issues. This article indicates that the first year for production of the smaller Santa's was 1957. These Santa's were sold at Sears, through the Lee Wards Craft catalog, with Tupperware, and as premiums for many items including 7 Up, Parker Pens, & Knox Hats. By 1960 Gale was producing 100,000 units & the number of the small Santa's seen on e Bay suggests volume got bigger every year. Transcription of Nov 3, 1957 Kansas City Star article SANTA CLAUSE IN VELVET RIDES ASSEMBLY LINES Harold Gale, Inc, Now Definitely Big business, Was Born as A Spare Time Home Industry, Supplying Window Display Items A UNIQUE Santa Claus factory creates an unusual manufacturing scene on 4½ floors at 1327 Main St. The market is more than nation wide, substantial throughout the Western Hemisp The business, Harold Gale, Inc, born in Kansas City, Mo apartment, will produce 30,000 units this year, many of them animate & ranging up to giant figures. The industry has became a sizeable business without creating up to this time a Santa for the home. The product has been distributed over the country for use in windows & other displays. This year a trial run of foot high [15"] Santa Clauses will test the retail market [seems to have been their most successful item]. Animated Figures Pixies, clowns & deer, up to life size & some animated are produced for displays, but Santa Claus, on which the business earned wide acceptance in the display field, is 90% of the volume. Harold W. Gale, a display man, & wife's business started while he was display manager of Woolf Brothers & created c. ½ dozen Santa Claus figures for a pre-Christmas displays. These figures were given to the managers of the various Woolf Bros establishments & the enthusiasm generated caused Harold & Viola Gale to start an at home workshop, bending wire frames in an apartment at 41st & Lucust. Risked Total Savings. ..., the Gales had about $3000 in savings & capital, products shown to jobbers from all over the United States. .. first factory space, $25/month 1 room, carried to some 17 or 18 other rooms & hallways. Volume developed over the 10 years held costs so pricing never has been raised on any item. Later, 1 floor of 3,000 square feet, & 50,000 feet of lumber & a large amount of steel, rolls of rich velvet, Du Pont supplies special [neoprene] rubber with 35 - 49 employees. Also local suppliers are called on. Deal for New Plant. The business has moved over the hill to success. Mr. & Mrs. Gale, who now live at 2961 Westwood Rd, are contemplating their first vacation in 10 years. They have three children, 9, 8 and 2 years old. ...the Gales never have made a direct sale. Jobbers fly to Kansas City and Gale's only trips east are buying trips. Mrs. Gale is concerned with supervising sewing cutting & desi...