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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

ANTIQUE HALLOWEEN CARDS

Vintage cards, mostly from the early 1900's - when Halloween was a time for fortune-telling, magic, pranks, witches, and goblins.

















































19 comments:

  1. some of the black kitties on these cards remind me of your bosco.

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    1. I didn't realize how many black cats were incorporated in these old cards until I looked at them again.

      My Bosco definitely looks like a Halloween cat.

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  2. Enjoyed these vintage cards, seem a lot more artistic than present day cards. Take care, Sheila

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    1. Many of the vintage cards seemed to have more character and artistic appeal than present day cards.

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  3. I don't recall Halloween being a time for wishes and good fortune the way a number of these cards indicate. That aspect seems to have disappeared in favor of terror inducing vampires, zombies, etc., of which I see none of on these cards. So many adults participate in dressing up in costumes and holding parties nowadays. I wonder if it's because masked balls are no longer in vogue.

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  4. Since early Halloween seemed to be associated with witches' spells and dark fortunes, perhaps the wishing of good luck was a way to counteract all the bad. Only a guess.
    I think that masked balls should still be in vogue!

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    1. A masked ball how perfect!! I was delighted to see those old posters, realizing I'd seen most of those movies, and by far the most frightening (to the core) was Nosferatu. I wanted to come over to your new place really just to THANK YOU for the incredibly helpful words you gave me, while I'm mourning without a tear and it creates more stress. Reading that you went through a similar time was comforting, I knew I was hearing from someone who understood. Ok, back to trying to ignore the coming silliness of Halloween and preferring Sa'wein, the great pagan ancestor of All Souls Day. Thank you again, Jon.

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  5. I agree, a masked ball would be delightful! Sad, that formal wear seems to have lost its appeal to 'normal' folk.
    That little apple-bobber resurrected a sweet, fleeting memory!

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    1. Unfortunately, many good things of the past have lost their appeal nowadays. The very concept of imagination is nearly obsolete.

      I never bobbed for apples and I have no regrets. It's rather unsanitary.

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  6. Almost missed this post, glad I didn't. My favorite is the black cats and the pumpkin on the fence, but all are very nice.

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    1. Believe it or not, the black cats on the fence with the pumpkin is my favorite, too. I used it on one of my blogs for Halloween LONG ago.

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    1. These old cards are definitely a refreshing change from the present-day concept of Halloween.

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  8. A shame the tradition of sending Hallowe'en greetings is no more. These would be fun to get. There cute with a eerie feeling all the same.

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  9. They certainly capture the true spirit of Halloween. I love old-fashioned traditions.

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  10. Fantastic Halloween cards. I think my favourite is No. 3. I am interested to see how old some of them are. Here in Britain we only recently started sending Halloween cards - and in fact, there are still very few of them around. Our local card shop hasn't got any, for instance.

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    1. Halloween cards have been around in America since the late 1800's (at least). They're not quite as popular now because of the high cost of cards and postage - and also because of email.

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  11. Love these old cards!

    The comments about a masked ball are intriguing, too, Makes me wonder what costume you would choose for yourself. A "sheik of Araby," maybe? Zorro? Hmmmm...

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    1. I never liked Zorro, but the sheik sounds intriguing.

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