Halloween Postcards

 
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An interesting combination of symbols: A Hallowe'en owl becomes the American gold eagle (center top), jack-o'-lanterns become the happy/sad faces of theater, and - perhaps most curious of all - an urban cityscape appears out the window, instead of the usual rural scene. The horseshoe theme of this card emphasizes Halloween's importance as a day of fortune. An early card that is genuinely unnerving - drop that pumpkin and run!
A lovely card from the Gibson Art Company, circa 1910 Youthful pranksters fling a chalkdust-filled sock against a man's black coat in this 1917 card. When traditions clash: This card has combined the fortune-telling methods of the luggie bowls and the use of a mirror.
Robert Burns lives! A plaid-coated pumpkinhead plucks a cabbage on Hallowe'en night. Strangely, the copyright on the front of the card is 1909, but the mailing date on the reverse is 1921! Here's another reference to Burns, but a somewhat twisted one. The verse on this German card is not actually from the classic poem, although the art clearly depicts one of the poem's more humorous incidents (when Jamie Fleck trips over "grumphie", the pig).
This German card dates from 1908 and has been signed by the artist "H.B.G." This card was printed in Saxony and features a nice depiction of a scarecrow.
This 1909 card reads "Beware of ye wiles of Satan", making it possibly the only vintage Halloween postcard with a direct verbal reference to Satan. Here's a 1909 lesson in "Hallowe'en Precautions": "To see a White Owl on Hallowe'en/Is a sign the witches are near/Throw a bottle of ink at his head/And all are sure to disappear".
Beautiful card from 1912 (this card, incidentally, appears as the frontispiece in A Hallowe'en Anthology) The pumpkin seems to be literally the king of vegetables in this whimsical card. This 1920 card shows a pre-trick-or-treat costumed youngster.
The little people celebrate Halloween in style in this 1909 card. A charming card by artist Bernhard Wall, published by the International Art Pub. Co. in 1908.
A Gibson Art Company card of children bobbing for apples. This classic image from Raphael Tuck & Sons is postmarked 1908.
"Hallowe'en! The Old Witch in the Moon! Guess I'll be there soon!" This creepy card dates from 1915. This card has some serious ethnic confusion! The poem reads: "Mit love to you, mine friend/Dis Hallowe'en, I send,/Und hope that we alretty yet/Vill soon again, togedder get." So it's mixing a German accent with Dutch imagery...for a holiday not commonly associated with either region! This inexplicable card (bats over the dike?) dates from 1916. This early card dates from 1906, and reads, "Have no fear for I am here says the pumpkin to the cat"
This charming card dates from 1960 and advertises Van Riper's Farm in Woodcliff Lake, NJ, with a Halloween theme of pumpkins, scarecrows and witches. Special thanks to Tim Van Riper for help on the date! Most modern Halloween postcards are photographs, usually of a jack-o'-lantern.This card was produced to promote the store Stuart Weitzman's in Beverly Hills.
This lovely card was produced by American Postcard Co. in 1983, photograph by Jack Bussmann.

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