This will be similar to the previous Christmas post card. This post card was also designed to be a Hold-to-Light post card. (HTL-6)
I had the idea of a Santa inside of a house putting gifts under the tree. I wanted as many antique toys to show as possible. Again, I gave the idea to Gayle Polsinello, an artist with local ties, who did all of the artwork. I felt that she did another excellent job.
3,850 cards were printed with this design; however, 3,000 of that number were die-cut to make the Hold-to-Light post cards. That meant that I had about 850 cards left over that were not die cut. Since the words "1986 Christmas" were die-cut in the roof on the 3,000, I had a big area to fill on the wood floor. I decided to use the words "Merry Christmas" so the cards could be used at Christmastime any year. This was the same imprint that was used in the 1985 Christmas design. (C-2)
Since there was no printing on the reverse of the cards (because they were to be used for the Hold-to-Light post cards), I printed a red reverse on these cards.
The cards are 3½" x 5½". The publisher was H.S. Crocker. The cards were delivered on July 21, 1986. Dist. by Avis Post Card Co. and the card/stock number C-3.
For more information about this card as a Hold-to-Light, see HTL-6.