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In a late 50's garrison Wagner add, I came across a Santa with a 8 ft tall fiberglass present base, and 15 foot hard molded rubber Santa with an animatronic mouth and arm. A child would hold down a button on the base that would cause Santa to ask what they wanted for Christmas. they would speak into a microphone (that lead nowhere) and upon releasing the button Santa would pretend to write on his clipboard then ask for the next child. The image in the catalog is horrendous, and is on my other device right now. I believe it was made by mold craft. Anyone have pics, memories or peices?

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This might not be the ad you saw but is probably the Santa you are thinking of, if so, I do not think that Mold-Craft made the Santa.  This ad is from the Garrison-Wagner 1955 Broadside #65.  They also have a different picture of the Santa and base in their 1957 Broadside #81.

Mel

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2 minutes ago, Mel Fischer said:

This might not be the ad you saw but is probably the Santa you are thinking of, if so, I do not think that Mold-Craft made the Santa.  This ad is from the Garrison-Wagner 1955 Broadside #65.  They also have a different picture of the Santa and base in their 1957 Broadside #81.

Mel

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That's it.

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