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Buy Vintage Halloween Postcards - How To Find Old Halloween Postcards

Updated on October 21, 2015
Vintage Halloween Postcards
Vintage Halloween Postcards

Collecting Halloween Postcards

Halloween postcards used to be a favorite way to send out Halloween greetings to friends and families. Those popular types of Halloween greetings are now considered to be vintage Halloween postcards. Collecting these older Halloween postcards is an interesting hobby. You can't just walk into a store and buy some to send out. You have to learn the places you can find these collectible pieces. Flea markets, estate sales and Ebay are the best places to find old whimsical Halloween postcards that are memories of Halloween past.

Halloween postcards designed by Frances Brundage, Bernhardt Wall, Fred Lounsbury, Ellen Clapsaddle and Samuel Schmucker are some of the most favored by collectors. Some of the vintage artwork on old fashioned Halloween postcards have designs of jack-o-lanterns, witches, ghosts, black cats and various Halloween sayings. You can find them in all kinds of conditions but usually they have been through the mail so they have been used.

When you are collecting postcards the degree of wear and tear on the cards is important to look for. Bent edges or rips bring down the value of the cards. If you were able to find a Halloween card that was never used it would be a rare find indeed and be very valuable. However it is interesting to see all the different Halloween scenes that are pictured on the old vintage cards. The humor and art on old Halloween postcards are truly unique.

Condition is more important if you are collecting for the value of the cards. If you collect cards for sentimental value or as a hobby, you may just concentrate on what you enjoy.

Buying VIntage Halloween Postcards On Ebay

Ebay is one of the best places to find vintage Halloween postcards. On Ebay people can get together to buy and sell products such as vintage Halloween postcards.

If you have never shopped on Ebay before you can be assured that the shopping is easy and secure. If you look on the right, I have listed some of the vintage postcards that are for sale right now on Ebay. If you go on the Ebay site you will be able to see the entire collection of vintage Halloween postcards that are currently being auctioned.

You can bid on any of the vintage Halloween postcards you like and if you are the winning bidder the item will be shipped right to your home. It is fun to shop on Ebay from the comfort of your home.

Frances Brundage Halloween Postcards

Frances Brundage was born in 1854 and died in 1837. She was a popular illustrator of children's books and did many designs of Halloween postcards.

Postcards that are drawn by Frances Brundage are very collectible and you can find old cards that are both signed and unsigned. Her illustrations are very detailed and animated.

Samuel Schmucker Halloween Postcards

Samuel L. Schmucker suffered polio in his early years and supported himself by illustrating postcards. He created many distinctive Halloween images of women that were based on his wife.

Schmucker's postcards are often initialed and are sought after by collectors. He also designed postcards for other holidays other than Halloween.

Fred Lounsbury Vintage Halloween Postcards

Fred Lounsbury lived from 1857 to 1917. He owned his own embossed paper company and designed postcards specialized in holiday such as Halloween or Fourth of July.

Lounsbury normally created his postcards in sets of four that are numbered. Collectors normally try to find all four to complete a collectible set.

Bernhardt Wall Vintage Halloween Postcards

Bernhardt Wall was born in 1872 and was known as the "Postcard King". His Halloween postcards are very animated and whimsical in design.

Wall was represented by many postcard companies. His illustrated Halloween postcards are enjoyed by many vintage Halloween collectors. Some of Wall's vintage Halloween postcards that are for sale on Ebay shown on the right. 

Ellen Clapsaddle Vintage Halloween Postcards

Ellen Clapsaddle was famed for her postcard illustrations. They mostly contained pictures of little children. Clapsaddle's postcard drawings are known for capturing the joy of children often in holiday settings.

Vintage Halloween postcards by Ellen Clapsaddle are very collectible. If you look on the right there are a few of the postcards for sale on Ebay right now by Ellen Clapsaddle.


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      pakpub 7 years ago from Ohio

      @kaltopsyd - People collect a lot of different types of postcards for all holidays. Thanks for the comment.

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      kaltopsyd 7 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      Cool. I didn't even know 'Halloween postcards' existed. Well, I guess any type of postcards can exist, right? interesting... :-)

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      pakpub 7 years ago from Ohio

      @LeanMan - Collecting vintage postcards is a very popular hobby especially because there are so many different categories. Thanks for the comment.

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      pakpub 7 years ago from Ohio

      @dobson - Collecting Halloween postcards is interesting and fun. Thanks for the comment.

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      pakpub 7 years ago from Ohio

      @k9keystrokes - Collecting vintage Halloween postcards is a cool hobby. I have a collection of all kinds of vintage postcards. Thanks for the comment.

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      Tony 7 years ago from At the Gemba

      I used to collect saucy seaside postcards and vintage postcards from the world wars. I have never seen Halloween post cards before, thanks for the hub.

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      Dobson 7 years ago from Virginia

      I had never heard of such! Interesting idea!

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      India Arnold 7 years ago from Northern, California

      How cool are these, and buying Vintage Halloween Postcards would make for a super-cool hobby! Neat stuff pakpup.


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      pakpub 7 years ago from Ohio

      Pamela, thanks for the comment. I always look at vintage Halloween postcards when I go to flea markets. They are very unique part of holiday history.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Very neat idea.