A cut and assembled 10" x 8 3/4" mechanical advertising supplement from the Sunday Dec. 8th, 1901 N.Y. Journal. It depicts Santa Claus decending the chimney with the children waiting below by a fireplace with great anticipation. A tab at the base of the bricks is pulled to allow Santa to descend the chimney, seated in the fireplace behind the stockings--toys strewn about. Copyright 1901 W. R. Hearst.
Technically, it's not quite 19th Century and just past "Victorian", but I couldn't resist posting it anyway. I have a number of other Christmasy dolls and things, but this one was on hand, so I'll have to save the others for another time.
Meanwhile, my home internet has not been working (hence the sad lack of posts since last month). We had a spat of terrifically wintery weather and that tends to blunt my connection. And now that it's working again, unfortunately I am off for the holidays. So I will have to pick it up in the new year. The good news is that I have so much exciting stuff to share! See you in 2011!