There Is a Santa Claus
In 1897 Virginia O'Hanlon asked the New York Sun to "Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?" The paper’s response that there was may be the most reprinted newspaper column of all time.
One hundred years later, Virginia’s great-grandson brought her original letter and a copy of the column to the PBS program The Antiques Road Show. It was appraised as being worth $20-30,000. You can see the interview and copies of the letter at The Antiques Road Show web site. A copy of the original newspaper column is on the Newseum web site.
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