What kids in the 1930s wanted for Christmas

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Letters to Santa from 1930

The Times (Streator, Illinois) Wednesday, December 24, 1930

Dear Santa Claus: I have been a good boy and I want you to bring me a tractor and some building blocks. My little brother Virgil wants a little red truck and a telephone, so be sure and stop at our house. I will leave a glass of milk on the table for you. Your little friend, Hobby Verdun, Odell, Ill.

Dear Santa Claus: I am a little girl six years. I don’t care If you don’t bring me any toys this year, so many little boys and giris will not get anything. Please bring me a few pieces of candy and some nuts and an orange to put in my stocking. Your little friend, Norma Mac Hill

Dear Santa: I am a little girl six years old and live southeast of Streator. For Christmas I would like to have a doll, buggy and a blackboard. My sister Gertrude, who is eight years old, wants a doll buggy, doll blanket and a game. We also want candy, nuts and fruit. Wishing you a merry Christmas. Edith Tabb Sullivan

Dear Santa Claus: My age is 6 years old. For Christmas I want a doll and doll buggy, dishes, chairs and table. My sister who is 4 wants the same as I do. My brother who is 2 wants a train, rocking horse, an airplane and blocks. Don’t forget the poor children. Your friends, Catherine, Bernice and Frank Jonen

Dear Santa Claus: I would like to have a train and truck and a gun. Your little friend, Bobby Strauck

Dear Santa Claus: I am writing to you to let you know what I want for Christmas. I want a pair of little red top boots and a bee bee gun to shoot rabbits with, and a train. I’ll leave a lunch on the table for you. Please don’t forget me. Your little friend, Johnny Werner

Dear Santa: I have a little cousin. His name Is Lawrence Pastrik. He is a year and a half old. So I am writing the letter for him. Please bring him a little red wagon, a Christmas tree. Come in the front door. But when you come be sure to stay for this is the first time he will see you. With love, Ralph Petro

Dear Santa Claus: I am a little boy 7 years old and I am in the second grade. Please Santa bring me a drum, harmonica, a little car that winds up, and some story books and some new clothes. My sister Helen wants a baby doll, dishes, broom, doll clothes, story books and some new clothes. My baby brother Donnie wants a boy doll and a kiddy car. We also want some candy, nuts and oranges. And don’t forget my cousins in Chicago, Jean and Maxine Davidson. We will leave a lunch for you. From your pal, Billy Martin, Jr.


Children’s letters to Santa from 1932

From the Santa Maria Daily Times (California) December 9, 1932

Dear Santa Claus: Please bring me a pencil box and a sweater. Lots of love. Pauline Nielsen

Dear Santa Claus: Please bring me a cowboy suit, baseball, a little automobile that I can drive and a telephone. I am a good boy. Hope you are having a good time with all the little boys and girls. Dickie Weldon

Dear Santa Claus: I want a doll dress and some doll shoes and a tiny football. Betty Anne Boothe

Dear Santa Claus: Please don’t forget and stop on Christmas Eve. I will leave our front door open. Santa, will you please bring me a train and a small flashlight and candy. Love and best wishes from a little friend. Leland Teixeira

Dear Santa: Will you please bring me a cowboy suit and some marbles please don’t forget my sisters and brothers. Goodbye Santa until next Christmas. Merry Christmas old dear. Your little friend. Melvin Teixeira

Dear Santa Claus: Please bring me and my brother a tool chest and I want a knife. Love from Duane Chapman

Dear Santa: Please send me a wagon, train and a bicycle for Christmas. L. Brumana


How to choose Christmas gifts for kids: Toys & fun

In choosing Christmas gifts for the children, avoid complicated or fragile articles that give pleasure only for a short time.

Select materials or tools with which the boy or girl can make things. Blocks for the younger ones. paint: and crayons {or the next older. with some good pictures to color are always acceptable.

The still older boy will like a few real tools — a hammer, saw, T-square, and a plane — while his sister will be overjoyed with a small workbasket, with scissors, thimble, and a good assortment of threads and needles, tape measure, emery and so on.

How to choose Christmas gifts for kids (1930)


How to choose Christmas gifts for kids: Books

From the Asbury Park Press (New Jersey) November 28, 1930

On choosing Christmas gifts for children, don’t neglect books — beautifully-illustrated storybooks from which to read to the child from two to seven, and high-grade books for older ones.

Better to buy one or two of high grade than a large number of cheap ones. Several books given all at once are not desirable, anyway, as a rule.

There are so many cheap and trashy things for children in bright but often inartistic colors. Often such books have the poorest kind of reading matter in poor print for children who can read, and poor quality from which to read to younger children.

Then there are the countless linen books for preschool children. Don’t put them in the hands of a little child. Give him a well-illustrated book, and show him how to use it carefully. Always be with him and the book until the book is safe with him alone, and choose the one from which you are going to begin to read to him beautiful things he will want to hear over and over again.

If you just give him a book he cannot injure, how is he to learn to handle one that must be used with care?

How to find the right books for a child

Go to your nearest library and ask the librarian to show you the best books for children. You may want to take the child with you.

The librarian has nothing to sell. She has only one concern: that children shall have the best books there are.

Remember, too, that the library books are free for use by you and your children; all the more reason why you should, when buying, purchase only the best, supplementing them with other good ones from the public library.

Vintage Christmas postcards - Christmas gifts for kids

Don’t depend on the advice or the average clerk in a store to tell you what to buy. Of course, there are some very high trade bookstores and high-grade book sections of good department stores. Such can give you wholesome guidance, and they have many books for you to inspect.

In choosing books for school-age children, don’t overlook the many self-teaching materials now available. Many public schools have such librarians, and most teachers can give good advice on choosing books for children.

Then there are some good magazines for children. Ask your librarian to show them to you also. Some are on the newsstands.

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