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Haddon Sundblom

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– Background:
– Sundblom born in Muskegon, Michigan to a Swedish-speaking family.
– Father, Karl Wilhelm Sundblom, came from the Åland Islands, Finland.
– Studied at the American Academy of Art.
– Sundblom’s family received Christmas greetings from Sweden and Finland.
– Created Cokes mascot Sprite Boy in 1942.

– Career:
– Best known for his Santa Claus advertisement for The Coca-Cola Company.
– Established the modern image of Santa Claus.
– Inspired by Clement Clarke Moore’s poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas.”
– Updated Quaker Oats logo in 1957.
– Influenced well-known pin-up artists like Gil Elvgren and Andrew Loomis.

– Notes:
– Services held for Sundblom in 1976.
– Articles discussing the association between Santa Claus and Coca-Cola.
– Contributions to WWII Marine Corps recruitment poster.

– See also:
– Jenny Nyström.

– References:
– Book titled “Dream of Santa: Haddon Sundblom’s Advertising Paintings for Christmas, 1931-1964.”
– Book “The Great American Pin-Up.”
– Article “The Sundblom Circle” in American Artist.
– Article “Haddon Sundblom’s Sunlit Glow” in Step-by-Step Graphics.
– Various illustrators influenced by Sundblom.

Haddon Sundblom (Wikipedia)

Haddon Hubbard "Sunny" Sundblom (June 22, 1899 – March 10, 1976) was an American artist of Swedish and Finnish descent and best known for the images of Santa Claus he created for The Coca-Cola Company. Sundblom's friend Lou Prentice was the original model for the illustrator's Santa.

Haddon Sundblom
Haddon Hubbard Sundblom

June 22, 1899
Muskegon, Michigan, United States
DiedMarch 10, 1976(1976-03-10) (aged 76)
Chicago, United States
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