Romeo the Red-Nosed Reindeer
An early list of potential names for the world's most famous reindeer
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35-year-old Robert May was working as an advertising copywriter for a department store when, in early 1939, his boss tasked him with writing a “cheery” book to give to the store’s customers that year. The one he came up with months later was Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It was subsequently handed out, for free, to 2.5 million shoppers in the first year alone, and luckily for May, his boss transferred all rights to him in 1946. The list seen below offers a snapshot of what could have been—an early list of names being considered for the reindeer, penned in May’s hand. Early favourites were Rollo, Reginald and the eventual winner.