2009 Vernon Grant card and ornament unveiled

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ROCK HILL, SC – Special visitors came to help unveil the 2009 Vernon Grant holiday card and ornament at the Museum of York County. Santa Dave and Rock Hill’s own Cakeman! contributed to the festive celebration Thursday morning.

Santa Dave (Dave Jordan of Rock Hill) made a holiday appearance decked out in a custom-made Vernon Grant Santa Suit by costume designer Donna Conrad. The suit design is taken from the ChristmasVille Santa image created by Grant in the late 1960s.

Jef Bailey, aka “Cakeman!,” created a special cake depicting the 2009 holiday ornament image, “Santa, Am I on the List?”

2009 Vernon Grant Holiday Ornament: “Santa, Am I on the List?
The 23rd annual Christmas ornament was inspired by “Now Let Me See…,” an illustration from the December 21, 1946, cover of Saturday Home Magazine. The portly Santa checking his “good & bad list” has been coupled with one of Grant’s trademark gnomes from a 1950 Gillette Razor advertisement. Sponsored in part by the family of Our Three Sons Broadcasting, including WRHI AM/FM and Interstate 107. $19.98.

2009 Vernon Grant Holiday Card: “But Santa, I’ve Been Gooood!”
Vernon Grant created this Santa in 1936 during the Great Depression when the pockets and purses of Americans were empty. This popular “empty pockets” Santa was featured as a Greeting Card for Art Guild Greeting Cards and later used by Mitchell Faust Advertising Company and F.W. Woolworth. Made possible through the generosity of Jan and David Angel/Angel Insurance and Financial Services. $3.
The card and ornament are available for purchase at the Museum Store, Museum of York County, 4621 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. 803.329.2121.

The Culture & Heritage Museums is a linked system of cultural institutions in York County, SC, which includes Historic Brattonsville, McCelvey Center, Museum of York County, the future museum on the Catawba River and the new children's museum in Old Town Rock Hill.