The Lope: Saint Nicholas Day

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Saint Nicholas Day

Documenting holiday commercial store window displays, especially motorized ones, is a hobby of mine. I photograph them in windows, antique stores and private homes, then I try to find out who made them. December 6 was St. Nicholas Day and I was reminded that although there are many different animated Santas, one rarely sees his progenitor saint. I guess the actual saint isn't as appropriate for pushing merchandise as the Santa.

This one is West German. The owner had it in a cluttered storage room so I have removed the background. I do not know the age or the manufacturer of the piece. Originally, he probably had an orb in his right hand and a crosier (staff) in his left.


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