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In the ’30s, a real Santa brought Christmas to Adirondacks

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Children growing up in the Adirondacks during the 1930s could always count on snow, wind and cold air. Town and city kids in Schenec-tady, Albany, Saratoga Springs and other parts of upstate New York endured similar winter conditions. But mountain youngsters had something extra in December — their own, real Santa Claus. While most people journeyed north during summer and fall, Sam Coplon always visited in December. Sam didn’t travel light. The Brooklyn salesman brought ...

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