vintage postcards conjure up a charmingly traditional picture of halloween
 

vintage postcards conjure up a charmingly traditional picture of halloween

trick-or-treating, pumpkin-carving, scary movies – how is all hallows’ eve best spent? upon vintage halloween postcards, car-driving pumpkins, flying witches and superstitiously black cats, conjure up a charmingly traditional picture whilst mapping a history of the october rituals.
vintage postcards conjure up a charmingly traditional picture of halloween
‘halloween’, raphael tuck & sons ltd., 1908, image via toronto public library

 

 

today, many people believe that halloween, and all that it embodies, traces its history back to american immigration, victorian past times and ancient celtic harvest festivals. but much like halloween, these greeting cards gave way to morphing traditions, rivaling in popularity those used at christmas until around 1930, when the telephone was introduced into common households. now highly sought after collectables, the artworks are a reminder of the contemporary shape the holiday has taken over time and the visuals we still adopt today.
vintage postcards conjure up a charmingly traditional picture of halloween
halloween card, 1913, via toronto public library

 

 

from the carving of pumpkins to familiar gangs of witches, cats and skeletons, iconography from today’s celebrations can be identified in each of these historical compositions. serving up tricks, treats, and puns in equal measure, the little masterpieces are a wonderful look back at an old halloween tradition, if not only appreciated for their art noveau-esque aesthetic.
vintage postcards conjure up a charmingly traditional picture of halloween
‘halloween night’, samuel schmucker, 1913, image via toronto public library
vintage postcards conjure up a charmingly traditional picture of halloween
‘halloween’, 1910, image via toronto public library

vintage postcards conjure up a charmingly traditional picture of halloween
‘hallowe’en Greetings’, 1900, image via toronto public library/wikimedia

vintage postcards conjure up a charmingly traditional picture of halloween
‘hallowe’en faces’, 1913, image via toronto public library

vintage postcards conjure up a charmingly traditional picture of halloween
‘to greet you heartily this hallowe’en’, 1910, image via toronto public library

vintage postcards conjure up a charmingly traditional picture of halloween
‘a happy hallowe’en’, alcan moss company, image via toronto public library

vintage postcards conjure up a charmingly traditional picture of halloween
‘a thrilling hallowe’en’, 1910, image via missouri history museum/wikimedia

vintage postcards conjure up a charmingly traditional picture of halloween
‘you auto have a happy hallowe’en’, 1908, image via missouri history museum/wikimedia

vintage postcards conjure up a charmingly traditional picture of halloween
‘halloween greetings’, 1910 image via missouri history museum/wikimedia

vintage postcards conjure up a charmingly traditional picture of halloween
‘hallowe’en’, 1910, image via missouri history museum/wikimedia
vintage postcards conjure up a charmingly traditional picture of halloween
‘hallowe’en pleasures: bobbing, bobbing everywhere. / apples in a tub’, 1911 image via missouri history museum/wikimedia

vintage postcards conjure up a charmingly traditional picture of halloween
‘a merry halloween’, 1910, image via missouri history museum/wikimedia
vintage postcards conjure up a charmingly traditional picture of halloween
‘hallowe’en’, 1910 image via missouri history museum/wikimedia

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