Christmas Wishes: Photos of Kids on the Phone With Santa, 1947

Calling Santa, 1947.
Martha Holmes—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Calling Santa, 1947.

This little girl is talking to Santa Claus, and so may any other girl or boy who telephones Murray Hill 8-2205 in New York between now and Christmas.

Thus reads a photo caption in a 1947 LIFE magazine story about some holiday subterfuge devised by the famed New York toy store, FAO Schwarz. The clever gambit involved an FAO-produced phone system on which children could dial that number (MU8-2205) and speak directly to Santa himself, laying out their wishes for the holiday: world peace, universal human fellowship, a train set, a bunny. You know, the usual.

Here, presents photos from that article — as well as some other “Awww”-inspiring pictures that never ran in the magazine.

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