Below: A Santa right out of Miracle on 34th St., only from 1872. The poem is straight out of the progressive Christianity of the day. I'm guessing the last stanza is Santa himself talking....
From the same issue, a comic book-style novelty ad--The Magnetic Fish. Only 30 cents (actually, 30 cents was some money in 1872). This predates the birth of Johnson Smith.
Magic Hoops! "The exercise is so light that the most delicate ladies can excel in the game with pleasure." Well, that's good to know, especially when the weather becomes too cold for croquet. And dig the manufacturer: Milton Bradley & Co.!
An 1872 Christmas tree, property of Bessie.