Just as both sides in a war claim God on their side, so WWII American’s enlisted Santa to help fight their battle.
This 1944 ad for Interwoven Socks should be filed under vintage advertising we are not likely to see ever again in our politically correct culture.
Claus For a Cause
In 1943 while FDR, and Churchill conferred in Casablanca, apparently Uncle Sam was having a hush-hush tete a tete with Santa Claus in the North Pole, to strategize the war.
Appearing to wield powers far beyond those of mortal men- not unlike another super hero- Santa stomps out the Axis of Evil in one clean swoop of caricatures – Hitler, Mussolini and Tojo.
Clearly this ad should end the current Santa debate – Santa isn’t just white, he’s a red-blooded American!
© Sally Edelstein and Envisioning The American Dream, 2017.
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