Letters to Santa, 1918

Although the volume of letters to Santa was down considerably in 1918, the Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri) found a few more to print in its December 26, 1918 edition:

To Santa Claus

Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 13, 1918

Dear Santa:

I won’t ask for much this year so the poor little boy and girls may have my share.  I am eight years old and I want a knife and a gun.

Your loving friend, Raymond Hays.


Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 18, 1918.

Sear Santa: —

I don’t want much for Christmas this year.  I want an ink pencil, an orange, some candy and nuts.  My sister wants a rubber dolly.  Be sure you wear a Flu mask in Skidmore.

With Love, Mary Rebekah Botkin.


Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 18, 1918

Dear Santa: —

I dont wont much for Christmas. I just wont a watch and a knife.  I hope that you take the boys and girls in France lots of toys.  Santa wear your Flu mask while in Skidmore, Missouri.

Your little friend, James Thomas Argo.