Thursday, October 28, 2010

Countdown to Halloween - Oct. 28th: Vintage Halloween Postcards

Collectors of Vintage Halloween Postcards, know these can get pricey depending in shape, scarcity and condition and artists who are especially popular. Generally they run anywhere from a few dollars into the hundreds.

The scenes depicted on vintage postcards run the gamut of cornfields, pranksters, fortune tellers, witches casting spells, veggie people come alive, devilish figures, and ghosts a plenty. The revelry and festive nature of the scenes as drawn is like a window into early 20th Century Halloween parties and customs.

Especially clever are some of the sayings on the postcards like this one:

"May jack-o-lanterns burning bright.
Of soft and golden hue.
Pierce through the Future's veil and show
What fate now holds for you."

Jenn:)

3 comments:

Cellar Door said...

After careful study, methinks the postcard artist who drew the jack-o-lantern was one of Matt (The Simpsons) Groening's great-great grandparents. Tee-~hee! O how I do love the Halloween poetry that competes for the spotlight on ancient October holiday cards! Thank~you!

Cellar Door (<~~You're invited! Come for cake by clicking on the Birthday Girl's name!)

~~Carol~~ said...

These are definitely on my must-have list for my collection! You're right, they're very expensive, but I hope to find some in my price range one day!

Jenn said...

I really like the postcards but haven't gotten into them like I have the noisemakers and games--but it's coming :) ha!

Jenn:)