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Tuesday, 23 December 2014
Santa Claus and Coca-Cola
Nicholas in Harper's Weekly: January 1863
a Christmas Urban Legend that says that Santa's red suit was designed
by Coca-Cola and that they might even 'own' Santa!
is definitely NOT TRUE!
before coke had been invented, St Nicholas had worn his Bishop's red
robes. During Victorian times, he wore a range of colours (red,
green, blue and brown fur) but red was always his favourite!
January 1863, the magazine Harper's Weekly published the first
illustration of St Nicholas/St Nick by Thomas Nast. In this he was
wearing a 'Stars and Stripes' outfit! Over the next 20 years Thomas
Nast continued to draw Santa every Christmas and his works were very
popular indeed (he must have been very good friends with Santa to get
such good access!).
is when Santa really started to develop his big tummy and the style
of red and white outfit he wears today. Nast designed Santa's look on
some historical information about Santa and the poem 'A Visit from
Nicholas in Harper's Weekly: January 1881
January 1st 1881, Harper's Weekly published Nast's most famous image
of Santa, complete with a big red belly, an arm full of toys and
smoking a pipe!
image of Santa became very popular, with more artists drawing Santa
in his red and white costume from 1900 to 1930.
1931, when Coke first used Santa in their advertising, his image was
well established. The first 'Coke Santa' was drawn by artist Haddon
Sundblom. He took the idea of Nast's Santa but made him even more
larger than life and jolly, replaced the pipe with a bottle of Coke
and created the famous Coke holding Santa!
also agree that the red suit was made popular by Thomas Nast not