A Century Ago: Letters to Santa

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Letters originally published in the St. Augustine Evening Record, December 15, 1921
(spelling and punctuation are as published)

Nov. 29, 1921
Dear Santa Clause:

Mamma says that it is near Christmas and the Evening Record[1] will print our letters to you so you will be sure of getting them. So I am writing this to tell you some of the things I would like to have this Christmas.

If you please Santa I would like a bicycle for a little girl and I would like it painted blue. And I would like a blackboard and a tea-set and a box of dominoes and some new clothes for my dolly and some tinkertoys and don’t forget to put a lot of candy and nuts and nice things in my stocking.

Now dear Santa Claus if this is too much just bring me what you can but I would like the wheel. [bicycle]

And please dear Santa remember all the other little children with something nice and make them happy too. And remember my papa and mamma and brother and all those I love and wish everybody a Merry Christmas.

Your little friend,
Effie Mae Simmons, 75 Almeria St. [2]

[1] The St. Augustine Record was called the St. Augustine Evening Record until the 1930s.
[2] Miss Simmons was named after her mother and her father Joseph W. Simmons worked as a pressman for the Evening Record.

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Dec. 6, 1921
Dear Santa,

Am a boy, seven years old, and want you to bring me a bicycle, as bicycles cost so much, guess I won’t ask for anything else. Sister Betty is four, she wants two little dolls, a tricycle, a doll trunk, filled with clothes for her big doll, a laundry out-fit, a toy piano as big as Gladys’. a doll bed, also fix her doll carriage, brother Jack is two, he don’t know what he wants, but bring him a wagon anyway, so he will let mine alone. We all want a Xmas tree.

Thanks is all for this year. From (thanks)
Buel Pinkham, Jr.[1]

[1] Buel Pinkham, Jr. died in 2005 at age 90. All three of his siblings mentioned were still living at that time.


December 4, 1921
Dear Santa Claus:

As Xmas is so near I want to let you know just what I would like to have please bring me a bugle as I can surely blow one good, and Lady wants me to play in the City band some day you can bring me a nice book to read and a soldier suit with legons [leggings], lots of goodies, also don’t forget my little cousin Edith she wants a little tea cart.

Well Santa this is all with lots of love wishing you a Merry Xmas

From your little friend
Roscoe Pomar.[1]

  1. P.S. Santa I still live at 172 San Marco Ave.

[1] Roscoe Pomar, Jr. was the son of Leo and Annie Helen Pomar. In 1993, he died in Port Orange, Florida at the home of his daughter. He was 81 years old.

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Dec. 6, 1921
Dear Santa Claus:

My name is Mary Kathryn Murphy,[1] and I am five years old. I have a little sister, and her name is Virginia Murphy. She is three years old. I can’t read or write, so I asked Deda to write what I say. We are trying so hard to be good, and if you have room on your sleigh please bring us a wagon for Spud – he is a goat – and a yellow ribbon for Mose, our dog, and a blue ribbon for Joe – cat. I would a doll if you please, and a jumping-jack. Virginia would like a monkey, a dog and a toy house, and we both like candy. Mother and Deda will put up the tree in the library and have everything ready for you, for we know you are in a hurry and want to remember all good children, so please take some toys to all the little boys and girls who have no one to write for them.

Thank you, dear Santa and God bless you.

Mary Kathryn and Virginia Murphy, 114 San Marco Ave.

[1] Mary Kathryn Murphy (1916-2013) is well remembered as the long-serving Grand Marshall of the Easter Parade. For her childhood memories of living at Garnett’s Orange Grove at 114 San Marco Avenue: see El Escribano 2007, pages 19-26.

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