Oakland: Narrative: Syria Santas: Photonote
CAPTION: Syria Santas. NOTES: "Santa Claus to Tots. Members of the Syria Temple play Santa Claus to thousands of orphans each Christmas. This picture was taken in 1920 The three men left front are Joseph N. Mackrell, Register of Wills; J. Milton Ryall, vice chairman; James McDonald, secretary." Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, Color-Gravure Section, 31 December 1930. Syria had Syria Santas from 1920 to approximately 1945. Money was contributed by the members of Syria to buy Christmas gifts for orphans. These nobles would dress as shown in picture and visit the orphanages in Allegheny, Butler, Westmoreland and surrounding counties on December 24th each year with a gift for each orphan. This custom was discontinued about 1946. PHOTOGRAPHER: Frank E. Bingaman. DATE: 1920. HEADING: Pittsburgh. Events. 1920.; Pittsburgh. Groups. #: B743. From the Collections of the Pennsylvania Department, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: Bingaman Collection.