Santa Claus was all caught up with modern technology at the end of the nineteenth century! The caption for the picture reads:
Photo of Santa Claus telephoning for more supplies, 1897.
By the time this photograph was taken, telephones weren’t entirely new or alien to many people in the world. The telephone was patented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, but there’s a great deal of dispute over who should be given credit for its invention. No matter what, by 1897 the telephone wouldn’t have been any more impressive to a late Victorian era child than the internet is to a child of today!
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