Mr. Jingeling, the "Keeper of the Keys", has long been a mainstay of the holidays in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Jingeling first appeared on the Cleveland airwaves of WEWS TV in 1956 as a spokesman for the Halle Brothers department store. The original idea behind Mr. Jingeling was to promote the toys that Halle's was featuring at their store.
Clevelanders...did you get one of these? Do you remember Mr. Jingeling's theme song: Mr. Jingeling, how you ting-a-ling, Keeper of the Keys! On Halle’s seventh floor, we’ll be looking for You to turn the Keys! Keeping track of Santa’s pack And Treasure House of toys, Wind-up things that Santa brings To all the good little girls and boys Mr. Jingeling, how you ting-a-ling, Keeper of the Keys! On Halle’s Seventh floor we’ll be looking for You to turn the Keys!
The May Company department store opened on Public Square in 1915. Containing over 800,000 square feet of floor space, it was said to be the third largest store in the nation. It was built by world-famous architect and city planner Daniel Burnham (who also designed Cleveland's Group Plan and Mall). In the 1950s, May Company expanded into the suburbs. The downtown store ultimately closed in January 1993, and its remaining stores became a part of the Kaufmann's chain.