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Francis Church’s Original Editorial
Exhibits Online YesVirginia HN-1897-005154B
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Origin

Francis Church

Type

Editorial

Effects

Fills reader with hope and joy

Downsides

None Identified

Activation

Reading or speaking aloud

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Aisle of Noel

Aisle

340816-7529

Shelf

210766-9038-7412

Date of Collection

March 17, 1936

[Source]


OriginEdit

In 1897, Virginia O’Hanlon wrote, “Is there a Santa Claus?” to the New York newspaper The Sun. Francis Pharcellus Church wrote an editorial with the line “yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” and it filled the nation with hope and joy.

EffectsEdit

The original editorial fills everyone who reads it with great joy and hope. Reading it aloud will affect more people. When read aloud it can be broadcast by radio and television, but the radius of effect is unknown.

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