On this day in history 1897--The New York Sun publishes the famous editorial by newsman Francis Pharcellus Church that starts with, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus." This editorial was in response to a letter sent to the paper by 8 year old VIRGINIA O'HANLON. Virginia wrote “DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.' Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus? VIRGINIA O'HANLON. 115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET." To see Church’s response and view the newspaper clipping of the article please visit Nuseum http://www.newseum.org/yesvirginia/ .
For a "blast from the past" look at crochet, The Project Gutenberg has numerous items in their inventory. One especially interesting item is Beeton's Book of Needlework (originally published in 1870) at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/15147/15147-h/15147-h.htm . This book contains patterns too. It is interesting to see the difference in how patterns were written then and how they are now written.
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(Originally posted on my Yahoo 360 blog)