Santa Claus Smith

Fantastic article by Mike Dash over at the Smithsonian’s Past Imperfect blog all about Santa Claus Smith, a hobo in Depression-era America who wrote those who helped him extravagant cheques on greasy pieces of paper. It’s a lovely story, one that reminds me of Emperor Joshua Norton, another great American eccentric. The story is well worth checking out, as a piece of historical colour, as a portrait of life during the Great Depression, and as a parable about kindness.

(It must be the week for stories about the Great Depression, because only a few days ago I was inspired to write about Superman’s roots in that era…)



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