In 1931, artist Haddon H. Sundblom created an interpretation of Santa Claus that was used to advertise
In the 1930s, Sundblom was one of the leading illustrators of his time, working for clients that included Cream of Wheat, Nabisco, Maxwell House Coffee, Whitman Chocolates, Goodyear Tires and Budweiser.
Sundblom began producing illustrations for
He also created the famous Sprite Boy character.
The Sprite Boy is an elf that appeared in Coke ads in the 1940s and 50s, wearing either a soda jerk’s hat or a bottle cap as a hat. He helped tell people that it was OK to use the nickname “Coke” instead of using the full “Coca-Cola” name. (Using “Coke” was something the Company had resisted for years.)
Santa and Sprite Boy were featured together in a few holiday ads, including this 1949 “Travel Refreshed” piece. Of course, since Santa didn’t appear beyond the holiday season, the holidays were the only time the two appeared together!