PORTER | A portion of Randy Doler's antique Santa collection is on display at Hageman Library, Westchester Public Library's Porter branch.
The featured Santa at the center of the display is an 1890 French Santa with a bisque porcelain face. The pack he carries on his back held presents for the good children, while the switches he holds in his hand were for the naughty ones.
On the left, the Santa in the sleigh pulled by reindeer is a "matched set" and comes as one unit. On the right of the display, the Santa and his sleigh consists of two individual pieces which were "married" to make the set. Before 1920, nearly 100 percent of Christmas decorations were made in Germany, as these Santa and sleighs were. These pieces were originally candy containers and would have been filled with candy to be enjoyed by the children during the Christmas season.
The top shelf of the display features "egg carton" figurines. They were given the name because they are of the same composition of which the egg cartons of the time were made. They were also called "pulp" figurines. This type of figurine was manufactured by a Wisconsin company until the 1950s.
For more information, call the library at (219) 926-9080.
Patrons who would like to share their collections with the public may call Hageman manager Suzi at (219) 926-9080, or visit the library at 100 Francis Street, Porter.