holiday tradition for thousands of Detroit families was the annual trek downtown to J.L. Hudsonís 12th floor, which was Santa Clausí official Detroit headquarters. Santaland, which meandered thru one-half acre of floor space, featured dozens of decorated Christmas trees, thousands of strings of lights and state-of-the-art animated figures. Every holiday season, over a half million youngsters visited the fantasy land with the ultimate goal of meeting Christmas Carol and the jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus.
November 24, 1960, CKLW-TVís Captain Jolly paid a visit to J.L. Hudsonís
Storyland, bringing along a film crew to record the event for his TV shipmates.
The film is the only surviving footage of Toby David as Captain Jolly, and I am
pleased to be able to present it for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!