During the great era of postcard publishing (which dated from the 1890s until World War I) uncountable different designs for postcards were produced. Holidays were a favorite time to send postcards, and as Halloween was second only to Christmas as a sending occasion, an enormous number of cards were available. The imagery is varied, appealing, and dramatic. We present here some of our favorites from that time, and hope that we thus encourage a renewal of the happy custom of Halloween correspondence.
From the collection of Diane C. Arkins
Only when darkness comes does Halloween truly begin. Night is the time for mystery, for devilry, for fright. All manner of mysterious and sometimes frightening creatures emerge from the shadows, including the two featured in our Wicked Witches and Creepy Cats: A Halloween Postcard Book. Along with the pumpkin, the witch and her feline familiar are the most enduring symbols of All Hallows’ Eve, and thus are richly represented in the many Halloween postcards that were printed in the picture postcard’s Golden Age (1890 to World War 1.) Our selection of 30 witch and black cat images include the mildly frightening witch, the adorable child witch, the pretty lady witch, one rather odd witch driving a roadster and many very fine black cats.
Headless horsemen, ugly witches, devils, and demons — these frightful Halloween symbols have captured the imagination of young and old alike for generations. In the early decades of this century, though, not all images associated with this night of goblins and ghouls displayed sinister qualities — as revealed in these delightfully lighthearted cards issued between 1900 and 1930.Bringing a fairy-tale quality to the holiday, these vintage cards (many with charming rhymes) recall the romantic nature of long-ago Halloweens with festive scenes of kids and cats, witches and bats, jack-o'-lanterns, fortune-telling, pranks, and white-sheeted ghosts.Exhibiting the meticulous detail so highly prized among today's collectors, the 24 full-color cards in this captivating collection include now-rare illustrations by two popular artists of the period: Ellen Clapsaddle (1865–1934) and Frances Brundage (1854–1937), whose rosy-cheeked and startled youngsters became their trademarks.Perfect for sharing warm thoughts of friendship during a magical night, these easily detachable cards are sure to please youngsters of all ages.
21 unique hand drawn illustrations inspired by early 20th century Halloween postcards. Kind and funny scenes with cats, kittens, mice, owls and pumpkins are suitable both for kids and adults. All illustrations are printed twice, each illustration on one side only.
Old-fashioned holiday charm abounds with these collectibles and their colorful portraits of ruddy-cheeked children and Santas. Reproduced directly from rare originals, the images of twinkling stars, shiny toys, and candle-decked trees first appeared in the years between 1900 and 1930. Featured artists include John Winsch and Ellen Clapsaddle, along with creations from the famous house of Raphael Tuck & Sons of London. A joy to send or keep, these nostalgic cards kindle a warm glow of seasonal cheer.
The Halloween Post Card Art Circa 1910 series is a beautiful way to travel through time to a bygone era and enjoy the colors and images of Halloween. In this collection of vintage Halloween post cards, the author shares 50 of her favorite images from the 1910 era. The post cards have been restored to original brightness and blemishes have been removed. The post card art is then framed and matted in complementary colors. Volume 1 contains chapters of images about children, black cats, owls, moons, mirrors, greetings, and cards with verses. An interactive table of contents ensures quick navigation to chapters.
Share the holiday spirit with 24 vintage greeting cards brimming with nostalgic charm. Suitable for every season, these antique cards feature holidays such as Christmas, New Year's, Valentine's Day, Easter, Independence Day, Halloween, plus other occasions. Beautifully reproduced from rare, turn-of-the-20th-century originals, they make lovely gift cards as well as distinctive greetings. They're also great for scrapbooking and craft use.