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Vintage Hallowe'en Cards

Updated on October 19, 2010


The stamp and coin show was last weekend.....

I like to go for a couple of reasons...
........one being that I collect vintage post cards.

I'm always amazed at the variety of postcards that have been printed over the years....

Cards about places,
... cards about peoples,
.... cards about humor,
...... cards about sentiment.

And of course, cards about HOLIDAYS.



If you're a regular reader,
  you know,
that I've already posted several really fun posts about cards...

ranging from "Antique Valentine cards" ,
seaside cards, ---
"French postcards"
and more abstruse subject matter.

...............if you haven't seen them, check out the links after you're finished here...


Since this is the end of October,
I thought it might be fun to look at some cards from a bygone era celebrating a holiday that we seldom send cards for these days --- Halloween.



 You say you didnt even know people sent cards on Halloween?

 Sure-- before there was E-Mail......
before Twitster, or MyBlab, or Mugbook ---
.....  people stayed in touch with cards for every occasion.



And there were some really cool cards printed for Halloween.

 The ones I really like are from the early part of the century, between 1910 and 1940.

 They speak to way people thought, and to the way people felt --
-- you can see both an innocence and a subliminal, superstitious fear portrayed in them.




Many of these were intended to be sent by adults to adults.......
.....  but of course, there were plenty of kid's cards, too.

 They often would serve as invitations to Halloween parties,
... and there were numerous references to the kinds of activities carried on at them.



Bobbing for apples, kissing games, dressing up in costume...

 Interestingly enough, our ancestors saw Halloween as a very sexy holiday....
a time for a little innocent flirting......

 ( it might have someting to do with the possible connection of Halloween and the ancient Roman feast of Pomona - the goddess of fruits, seeds, ......  and fertility. )



The artwork is quite good on these, the colors vivid, despite some being over 8o years old.




........ the lithography is sharp and distinct,



........ and the clothing styles are also fun to observe.



The Jack-o-Lantern is a very common ingredient in the layout of these cards....
 



The practice of carving jack-o-lanterns is derived from a practice of the Middle Ages to commemorate the souls in purgatory by carving turnips.

Pumpkins do work much better, I imagine, especially if you light em up.



 Other common elements are witches, and the archaic spelling of the holiday ---  HALLOWE'EN.

 ( derived from a much older term for the holiday - "ALL HALLOWS EVEN" (evening).

 The witches are tied in with the tradition of divination games played on the day in ancient times.



Trick or treating is another very old aspect of the holiday, dating back to the Middle Ages.

 Originally, it was a practice called "souling" -- begging on behalf of the souls of the departed.

 Giving away Snickers bars is a newer innovation, though........

 In it's current form in the United States, 'trick or treat' started in earnest during the Great Depression.




When I was a kid, my favorite treat to get was pennies ---
....of course, they went a lot further then.

I also liked getting candied apples...
....even though I remember hearing stories even back then about apples with razors in them.
( who'd go to the trouble of candying a booby trapped apple anyway? )

One guy used to give out punk sticks --
--those are like reeds that burn like incense but keep mosquitoes away --
--- and I always looked forward to walking around with some lit punks on Halloween.

( I thought I looked like Blackbeard the Pirate... )


As for candy, I liked the candy corn, jawbreakers, fireballs, and chocolate.

I didnt like getting plain apples, or those popcorn ball thingees either.

......... ahhh.. to be a kid again.... huh?




 So, to you, my dear readers.........

 Hallowe'en Greetings
 May Jack-O-Lanterns burning bright
 Of soft and golden hue
 Pierce through the futures veil and show
 What fate now holds for you.
 


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      carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      oceansnsunsets : thanks -- I'm glad you enjoyed them -- and I think that sending an old card is a cool way to stay in touch, too!!

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      carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Dream ON: Yes, a lot of them have been used as postage, and have stamps on them- initially I got collecting them for the stamps. I don't know how many... thousands?

      Thanks for dropping in, buddy!!!

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Carolina, what a fun hub! Thank you for sharing this, I LOVE these old postcards and love the idea of sending greetings the old fashioned way. Awesome hub

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      DREAM ON 6 years ago

      How many postcards have you collected over the years?

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      DREAM ON 6 years ago

      The cards that you collect have they been sent to others?It is wild to see how people say things differently over the years.I love the feeling that the people took the time to write.If it wasn't for the speed of the computer and e-mails etc.Many people would never find the time.Just lazy I guess.Most people can't find the time to visit the ones they love so we can forget about going through the effort of writing a card and paying money to mail it.Great hub my friend.Happy Halloween (:>})

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      carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Micky Dee: you got a good eye ... she's a cutie pie!!

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      The lady at the top could carve my pumpkin!

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      carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Akirchner: yes, I can see how that might ruin it for you!! LOL

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Those cards are just gorgeous - I love ducking for apples - that is priceless! I miss the days when I actually loved Halloween as I'm not a big fan anymore. I think it may have been those years working in the hospital and x-raying candy. It somehow tainted the whole business for me but the kids obviously still love it!

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      carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Prasetio30: I'm glad you dropped in.. I hope you're doing well!! Thanks, my friend.

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      carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Dramatis: Thank you-- I'm glad you enjoyed it!!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Good morning, Carolina. How do you get all these pictures? Beautiful.... I love vintage and I found again through your hub. Thanks for share with us. Halloween must be wonderful. Rating up.

      Blessing,

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      Kera 6 years ago from USA

      I guess I never thought about people sending cards for this holiday. I really like things like this, very nice examples of these kinds of cards. Very nice collection.

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      carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Pollyannalana: Yes... and part of our American heritage is to have the right to be as dogmatic as you want.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the post!

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      carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      PhoenixV: Yes, that Elvgren pinup was something I just couldnt resist!! :-)

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      carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Freya: I'm glad you liked it, Freya.

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      Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

      Great hub, and I am dogmatic, Polly

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      PhoenixV 6 years ago from USA

      Carolina * sorry my vision is bad and I misspelled

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      PhoenixV 6 years ago from USA

      Very Cool Caroline! I especially like the top lady's costume lol, great artwork great vintage cards and once again an excellent and interesting hub!

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      Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      It is the first time I came to your hub about card and I must admit, this collection really beautiful.

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      carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Pamela99: thanks -- I'm glad you liked them!

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      carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Eovery: Thanks!!!

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      carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Sheila B: Thanks-- I appreciate ya droppin in!!!

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      carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Anath: your sense of style is as good as ever!!! :-)

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      carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Drbj: that's one advantage I got.. when you look like me, you don't need a mask. LOL

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Chris, You have a great selection of cards. I didn't know they sent out many Halloween cards but they are really creative. Nice enjoyable hub.

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      eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Nice,

      Keep on hubbing!

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      sheila b. 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed seeing all of these post cards. And reading your comments, of course!

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      Anath 6 years ago

      Very pretty, specially the first one and the one with the red can can style dress.

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane, Chris. If you still long for those trick or treat days, just put on a costume and mask and work a different neighborhood. I'll never tell!