above photo courtesy of Pat Quinn
My family often shopped at Muir's, also shopping at Robert Hall on Central Avenue and the large Sears, Roebuck store in Newark; but Muir's had a fine toy department and it was always emphasized that Muir's had the only "real" Santa.
above left: Stockton student Pat Quinn and Santa, Muir's, Dec. 1955 (part of Old Brick Church seen through window above wreath, photo courtesy of Pat Quinn); above right: future Stockton student Jeff Smith and Santa, Muir's, Dec. 1951 ( Pat's Santa looks like the real deal; mine, not so much)
Above: Drew Smith and Santa, Muir's, 1959
Above: 1953, Don and Ginny Bayard
Below: 1952, Don Bayard (photos courtesy of Ginny Bayard)
Muir's was founded in 1882, closed in 1974, and the vacant building burned in 1989.
Below: Muir's Christmas ad from 1945