Santa Claus Cave, N.Y. City (LOC)

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When: 01 January 1910

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Bain News Service,, publisher.

Santa Claus Cave, N.Y. City

1914 Dec. 14 (date created or published later by Bain)

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title and date from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative.
Photograph shows a group of people reviewing letters sent to Santa for the Santa Claus Association at the Hotel Astor in New York City. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2011)
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).


Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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Call Number: LC-B2- 3321-4


Owner: The Library of Congress
Source: Flickr Commons
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    Pixel Wrangler

    • 23/Dec/2011 16:45:36

    In 1914, William C. Muschenheim, owner of the Hotel Astor in New York City, provided a function room and other amenities to the Santa Claus Association of New York. The hotel space, called the Santa Claus Cave, allowed hundreds of volunteers to sort, investigate and refer to charities thousands of letters sent to Santa Claus from poor children of New York. —The New York Times

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    Ryan (LOC P&P)

    • 30/Dec/2011 21:58:05

    Thanks for the information Pixel Wrangler. We'll add some of it to the record the next time we update.