No holiday figure is as instantly recognizable as Kris Kringle, the jovial, red-suited icon who has inspired a galaxy of Christmas decorations. Among the most delightful Santa ornaments are playful miniatures made of celluloid, an early plastic, sold at five-and-dimes in the 1920s and '30s. For less than a dollar, you can buy a handful of these treasured reminders of Christmas past on eBay or at rubylane.com.
In this photo: Japan 1930s; celluloid
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