Eric's Heroes: The Santa photo holiday tradition that began here in Seattle

(Photo: Courtesy of MOHAI)

It's a simple idea that has become one of the greatest holiday traditions of all time, and it all started right here in Seattle in the 1940's.

A man named Arthur French put a camera in a box to take photos of children sitting on Santa's lap at the Frederick & Nelson department store on 6th and Pine.

Pictures with Santa became all the rage almost immediately, and a brand new holiday tradition was born.

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