Saturday, December 24, 2011

100-Year-Old Santa Letter Found

100-Year-Old Santa Letter Found

100-Year-Old Letter To Santa Unearthed In Dublin House

A letter written to Santa by a brother and sister 100 years ago has been found in a Dublin house.

The letter was penned by the Howard family siblings on Christmas in 1911 while living in the suburb of Terenure.

It was finally discovered by builder John Byrne on a shelf behind a fireplace and has been slightly scorched over the years.

The handwritten note, published in the Irish Times newspaper, was warm, but explicit in its demands.

It read: 'I want a baby doll and a waterproof with a hood and a pair of gloves and a toffee apple and a gold penny and a silver sixpence and a long toffee.'

The letter had been placed in the chimney of the fireplace in the front bedroom so that Father Christmas would see it as he made his way into the house in the early hours of the morning.

'At that time, the fireplaces were made of brick with a shelf on either side,' Mr Byrne told the Irish Times. 'The letter was found on one of the shelves.'

As well as the requests for gifts from Santa, the letter also contains drawings and the ‘good luck’ message. Man recognizes Santa letter writer, 100 year old letter to santa

The 1911 census shows there were three children living at the address. Hannah, who was 10 at the time, and Fred, who was seven, fit in with the initials on the letter. A third child, a 13-year-old called Lily, is also listed.

The Howard family, including dad Fred and mum Mary, were all born in England and listed their religion as Church of Ireland.

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