Santa Claus - 12-11

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In case you have lost track of time, I need to inform you that it is December right now.  If there is one visage that is simply unavoidable at this time of year, it is that of Santa Claus. He is everywhere, in stores, on television, and pretty much anywhere you can imagine.  But, by the end of January, he will be gone,       [NOTE:  We realize this image is not Santa and not to resurface again until next Fall.          this not an animation, but it is just too cute!] 

Well, here at the American Treasure Tour, you can enjoy Mr. Claus year round, because he is always on display in our Band Organ room, in a section of the room celebrating store animations - those moving dolls and figures best known for adorning seasonal window displays in department store windows.  We also have a permanent Easter Bunny display, and too many others to describe in our limited space.  So, come on the Tour now to enjoy our celebration of Christmas, and come in a few months to reflect upon the good times and visit Santa again!

QUESTION:

The image of Santa Claus in a bright red suit that Americans have grown to love and accept first appeared in the 1930s with an innovative advertising campaign promoting products from what company?

a)  The B.F. Goodrich Tire Company

b)  The Rudolph Wurlitzer Company

c)  The Coca-Cola Company

d)  The Ford Motor Company

e)  Toys "R" Us

Answer Below

HISTORY TODAY:

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The year was 1816, and the United States was creeping west, as populations of people moved to new territories to strive for the American dream.  Indiana's head count had reached the required 60,000 people and, on this day, was granted statehood.  Named after the "Land of the Indians," Indiana has left its indelible mark on the country since then, with many important people living within its borders over the years, including a number of former presidents - William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln, and Benjamin Harrison - and popular performers - Greg Kinnear, Carole Lombard, and Steve McQueen being just a few of them.

BIRTHS:

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Born in 1725, George Mason's greatest achievement came, ironically, with his refusal to sign the United States Constitution sixty-two years later.  The representative from Virginia felt that the Constitution was incomplete without a Bill of Rights and would not put his name to the document because of it.  Largely because of his influence, James Madison and the other Founders agreed to create one once the Constitution had been ratified.  They followed through, and the first ten amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, has  proven extremely important both in preserving the rights of American citizens and as an inspiration for the peoples of other nations as they formed their own governments modeled after ours.

QUOTE:

In all our associations; in all our agreements let us never lose sight of this fundamental maxim - that all power was originally lodged in, and consequently is derived from, the people. - George Mason

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Answer:  c)  The Coca-Cola Company