Santa snapped near secret Arctic hideaway. EXCLUSIVE archive pics!
By our festive reporter Juan Horsop-Ensleigh.
Archivists at one of Britain’s greatest treasure houses have uncovered two rare early pictures of Santa Claus. Eagled-eyed staff at The National Archives in Kew, West London, discovered the images of the socialite and part-time postal worker in a precious 17th-century atlas of sea charts.
A full-colour map of the Arctic regions shows Mr Claus – who owns the popular Father Christmas brand – flying his luxury sleigh above the Russian island of Novaya Zemlya. He is believed to have been en route from Lapland to the North Pole at the time.