Saturday, December 29, 2012

Santa endorsing Arms & Automobiles

The Metropolitan Magazine, December 1903.

As far as I know I am not related to this branch of the Stevens family. The combination of Santa with a rifle trying to sell a car and handing out puzzles is a bit bizarre. And what do you think of his endorsement of arms "for the youth of the land". I wouldn't mind owning a Stevens-Duryea though. 

And welcome Suzy, follower #50 of this eclectic blog (I always wanted to use that word). 

next episode: happy...


  1. The Stevens company sounded cross-functional, to use corporate-speak.

  2. But now, Rob, You are "related" with those Stevens because You are showing their ad, hehe!
    Best wishes and take care.

  3. Santa arming the youth!!! That's not the Santa we know!! ;)

  4. If you look on the web you'll see the Americans still advertise weapons in this irresponsible way, and then wonder why they have so many dreadful atrocities involving guns. Will they ever learn?

  5. Buon anno!
    Bonne année!
    Happy new year!
    Feliz Ano Novo!
    Счастливого Нового Года!
    С Новым Годом!
    ¡Feliz año nuevo!
    Ein gutes neues Jahr!
    Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!
    Boldog új évet!
    Gelukkig nieuwjaar!
    Un An Nou fericit!
    İyi seneler!
    Yeni yılınız kutlu olsun!
    Gott Nytt År!
    Buon anno!
    Onnellista uutta vuotta!
    שנה טובה!
    Godt nytt år!
    Štastný nový rok
    Sretna Nova godina!
    عام جديد سعيد !
    Ευτυχισμένος ο καινούργιος χρόνος!
    Šťastný nový rok!
    Godt nytår!
    Feliĉan novjaron!
    Bonan novjaron!
    Srečno novo leto
    Feliç Any Nou!
    Gëzuar vitin e ri!
    Srećna Nova Godina!
    نايا سال مبارک هو
    Щастлива Нова година!
    Xīnnián hǎo!
    Achemasite omedetoo !

  6. Santa is holding a 1903 Steven's single shot 22cal. "Crack-Shot" Long Rifle. I learned to shoot using this rifle as a child in the 1950s, later it was passed on to me and I still have it today. Thanks for posting this.

  7. Santa holding a gun really funny to watch. Santa Claus we know do entertain kids and they are really great being the way they are. I love to watch them also. This picture of the magazine where Santa endorsing both the gun and the vehicle is pretty amazing. Thanks for this article post. In old days there also more popularity of classic vehicles.


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