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Interview with Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas

Thursday, December 23, 1937

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Interview with Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas who talks about the Christmas of 1897 and the letter she wrote to the New York Sun asking whether there is a Santa Claus. She's an assistant principal at PS 31. Rereading of her letter and the editorial response. "Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 8283

Contributors:

Virginia Douglas and Seymour N. Siegel

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