Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Vintage Christmas Santa - Victorian Scraps

With Christmas just around the corner I've been searching through some of my images 
and thought I would post some fun vintage images I have in my archives.

I personally don't like to invest a lot of money in Christmas themed vintage scraps; but as I browse the web and search auction sites for other Victorian related paper products and dolls...
I have a tendency to save images for reference.

Today I'm posting some of my favorite Santa finds.

Happy Holidays and Enjoy!

L&B # 30513 Santa Heads
I collect L&B articulated paper dolls so in my hunt for those I run across great Christmas images by them on a regular basis.  L&B (Littauer & Boysen) made a large assortment of Santa images from the 1880's through the early 1900's and these two extra large heads are among my favorites.

I think it's interesting to see a traditional and old world Santa together on the same sheet and I love that one has blue eyes and the other brown.

I tend to favor the higher quality German scraps from the Victorian era and find that L&B 
produced some of the best Santas out there so a majority of the images I'll be posting 
are L&B but there are also a few other makers thrown in for some interest.

A set of 6 L&B attached Santas - stock number 3493
Many Victorian dies by German manufacturer L&B came in attached sheets 
similar to this one seen above.  I believe this is a full sheet but am not positive.

Here is an example of one Santa from the above sheet

L&B Sheet with 2 attached Santas
I love the fact that many of the European Santas are dressed in colors other than red 
in the above example there is a traditional "red" Santa and then a fun one in blue.

Two Vintage Victorian Santas - L&B Sheet 30703
Two nice examples of Old Word Santas can be seen above.

An attached sheet of St. Nicholas figures by German mfg L&B c1900
There are also a nice selection of Victorian St. Nicholas figures available on the antique market.

A huge multi sheet of L&B St. Nicholas Santa Heads

There are also some interesting "Santa" finds if you look hard enough.
This one below has been on my "wish list" for a long time; so, I just spluged and bought it.
This A&M (Albrecht & Meister) sheet was made in Germany in the late 1800's or very early 1900's and with the seller also being in Germany it may not arrive till the New Year - but what a treat.
An unusual sheet of Mystic Santa Heads - Sheet #7796 A&M (Albrecht & Meister)
The Victorians had a sense of whimsy as can be seen in this sheet.
I'm not sure if these were intended to be Santas or not but I would use them 
in that way just for the grins and giggles of it.

A Sweet pair of Old World Santa Heads - I believe these are L&B but not 100% sure

An Articulated Raphael Tuck Santa
This was an eBay find and his arms move.  I just love his sweet, cheery face.

Two attached Vintage Old World Santas - #33905
Below is an assortment of other Old World Santas
the makers of these are currently unknown to me.

 I adore Victorian Santas due the the variety of looks you can get them in.
There is a wide selection of colors and styles, heads, full body and anywhere in between.  

Many originals can be found on eBay and Etsy and there are also a few sources 
that have digital downloads of vintage Santas if you you don't want to pocket out 
the big bucks for a Victorian original.

There are also a multitude images available on the web that you can use to craft with, 
it's just a question of searching and finding nice quality versions that have been 
posted by nice folks who like to share.

I hope this has inspired you to consider collecting or crafting with Victorian Santa images.

Till Next Time...


  1. Merci pour ces charmants chromos.J'aime beaucoup. Bonnes fêtes de fin d'année.

    1. Hi La Nonna - I'm so glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for letting me know.

      A Very Merry Christmas to you as well,

      Salut La Nonna - Je suis si heureux vous ont plu! Merci de me laisser savoir.

      Un Très Joyeux Noël ainsi à vous,

  2. Wouaouh, such treasures Evelyn!
    I wish a warm an happy Xmas for you and yours! :)

    1. Thanks Sim and a Happy Christmas to you and yours as well!


  3. Love all of the beautiful images you post.Thank you so much for sharing Evelyn.Have a lovely holiday...

    1. Holiday Felicitations to you too Nita.

      I'm so glad you like the images, there are so many cool vintage images out there and I'm constantly amazed at how reasonable in price many of them can be. Then there are some beauties that cost an arm and a leg that will remain forever on the "wish list". I've got some of those coming up in my next post to please come back and check it out.


  4. Oh, I love these! The alternative colours are just lovely. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Greetings Rhissanna - I'm a big fan of "non-red" Santas and it looks like you are too. I'm so very glad you enjoyed seeing them.

      Holiday Felicitations,

  5. Hello!
    I'm a little late, but it is never too late to see such beautiful things! I hope you had a very happy Holiday Season. It is beautiful this scrap! I love Victorian scrap, in fact all that is past time. thank you sooo much!

    1. Hello to you too,

      There is just something about vintage Santa faces that makes me smile.
      I had a great holiday, thanks for asking;I hope you did too.

      Happy New Year,