Mechanical Santa Claus Toy: 1913. The patent for this toy Santa Claus was awarded to Mabry Lovejoy and Joshua D. Kuykendall in 1918.
"The primary object of my invention is to provide an attractive Christmas toy arranged to be secured to a vertical support such as a wall, representing Santa Claus driving a team of deer hitched to a sleigh from the bottom of which stockings or other receptacles are suspended. The sleigh body serves to receive toys, candies and other articles and the receptacles secured below the same may also receive toys, nuts, confectionery, and the like."
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