History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

11 December, 2011

Santa School

The title and photographs are pretty self-explanatory. 

From three separate series in the LIFE photo archives: by Martha Holmes in 1948, Alfred Eisenstaedt in 1961, and Ralph Morse in a year no one wrote down. 


Martha Holmes, LIFE © Time Inc

Santa lecturing to a classroom of Santas. Source




Alfred Eisenstaedt, LIFE © Time Inc

Trying to stay Santa in the wind. Source




Alfred Eisenstaedt, LIFE © Time Inc

Getting the look just right. Source




Alfred Eisenstaedt, LIFE © Time Inc

Still working on it. Source




Alfred Eisenstaedt, LIFE © Time Inc

Santa dance lessons. Source




Alfred Eisenstaedt, LIFE © Time Inc

Practice with kids in groups. 1961. Source





Alfred Eisenstaedt, LIFE © Time Inc

Practice with kids one on one. 1961. Source




Martha Holmes, LIFE © Time Inc

So many Santas! Source




Alfred Eisenstaedt, LIFE © Time Inc

Lap technique. Source





Alfred Eisenstaedt, LIFE © Time Inc

Potential problems. Source





Alfred Eisenstaedt, LIFE © Time Inc

Only partway there. Source





Alfred Eisenstaedt, LIFE © Time Inc

Santa creed. Source





Martha Holmes, LIFE © Time Inc

Even Santa gets a bit bored in lectures sometimes. Source





Martha Holmes, LIFE © Time Inc

Santa has to take exams, too. Source





Ralph Morse, LIFE © Time Inc

Santa School comes in colour, too. Source




Ralph Morse, LIFE  © Time Inc.

Finally, Santa graduation.  Source

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