Halloween noisemakers

 

Halloween noisemakers probably originated in Germany, and became popular in this country around the 1920's. Early noisemakers were made of wood and made a ratcheting sound when spun. By the 1950's, noisemakers were made of tin, came in all shapes and sizes, and featured colorful Halloween graphics. Although noisemakers went out of fashion in the 1960's, today they're being appreciated anew by collectors, both for their sound and visual qualities.

American noisemakers were mainly produced by three companies: Kirchhof, U.S. Metal Toy and T. Cohn.

Ratchet style, U.S. Metal Toy Mfg. Co.
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Ratchet style, Kirchhof (note wooden handle)
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Ratchet style, printed on all sides, U.S. Metal Toy Mfg. Co.
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Round ratchet style, wooden handle, U.S. Metal Toy Mfg. Co.
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Contemporary plastic whistle, Amescan (?)
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Rattle, wooden handle, no manufacturer listed
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Bell style, no manufacturer shown
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Rattle style, U.S. Metal Toy Mfg. Co.
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Mallet style, Kirchhof (note wooden handle)
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Paddle style, Kirchhof
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Frying pan style, no manufacturer shown
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Horn, states only "Made in USA"
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Clicker, U.S. Metal Toy Mfg. Co.
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Clicker, T. Cohn (note frog shape)
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"Confetti" style ratchet, U.S. Metal Toy Mfg. Co.
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Metal tambourine, U.S. Metal Toy Mfg. Co.
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Metal tambourine with undecorated paper head, T. Cohn
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Kirchhof ratchet
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Classic wooden ratchet known as a "rattletrap" or "horse fiddle", possibly homemade. May have once had a Halloween figure perched on the top.
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Another Kirchhof ratchet
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Contemporary noisemaker - the skeleton's head bangs into his hands and makes a bony noise!
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Ratchet style, T. Cohn
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Mallet rattle, U.S. Metal Toy Mfg. Co.
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This little Kirchhof clicker is only 2" long.
Clapper style, T. Cohn Witch tambourine by Kirchhof