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The once-famous Sibley, Lindsay and Curr flagship department store in Downtown Rochester began its holiday traditions early in the twentieth century, experimenting with a fourth-floor "Toyland" during the holiday season in 1921. Although urban shoppers initially encountered costumed Santas on streetcorners, department stores quickly adoped St. Nick. It was good for business. Sibley's maintained a long tradition of visits with Santa and many Rochesterians remember shopping at Sibley's and seeing him there. During the 1970s the store offered photographs of children with Santa. These two children are two-year-old Mara and six-year-old Michael Kane with the Sibley's Santa around 1971.
|Credit Line||Gift of the Kane family|
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