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Vintage Halloween Paper Mache Decorations
Vintage Papier Mache Lanterns and Decorations for Halloween
Paper mache lanterns and decorations were once a staple of the Halloween experience. Used also as candy containers, these painted paper items were cheap and very popular. Many of them were manufactured in Germany after WWI and important to America, much to the delight of millions of children.
One thing I really love about vintage Halloween paper mache decorations, and a fact that makes them highly collectible, is that they were not made to last for eighty years. They were made cheap, and meant to last just one season. The fact that any have lasted the course of time and the elements is remarkable.
Photo by deadguystuff used with permission
Vintage Table Centerpiece with Paper Mache Jack-o-Lanterns
This festive table centerpiece is from a 1903 edition of Good Housekeeping.
It features a large pumpkin carved like a basked surrounded by small paper mache jack-o-lanterns, and bunches of chrysanthemums.
Read about what's in the basket.
Vintage Black Cat Paper Mache
Vintage Halloween imagery often includes a cat (most often a black cat). With the superstitious of a black cat crossing your path being bad luck, and the black cat being thought to be a witch's familiar, it is obvious why this would be a Halloween favorite.
The Black Cat on a Fence paper mache piece below was a very popular one. I just love how the paper insert gives the cat the evil green eyes, and the menacing teeth. Can you imagine how scary he must have been for little kids?
Black cat photos by swissfin37 used with permission
What do YOU have?
Do you own any vintage paper mache Halloween decorations?
Antique Halloween Devil Paper Mache
Paper mache lanterns featuring devils are much more rare than pumpkins and black cats, and often they are older.
How to Make a Paper Mache Pumpkin or Jack 'O Lantern
If you love that old paper mache style, but don't have it in the budget to buy a vintage piece, then why not try your hand at making one of your own?
Check Out: Halloween Paper Mache Decorations and Props
Vintage Halloween Collectibles: An Identification & Price Guide
This book is the go-to book for Halloween collectibles. If you are beginning a collection or trying to value the Halloween memorabilia you already have, this book is a must have.
The photos in this book are absolutely beautiful, so even if you don't care about the prices, it's still great.
Vintage Halloween Noisemakers & Diecuts
That vintage Halloween style is just amazing, itsn't it? Some other great idea for Halloween decorations is to display some vintage Halloween noisemakers and diecuts, which usually feature some amazing images.
The Marketing of Paper Mache Lanterns and Other Halloween Merchandise
- Hallowe'en Goods on the Front
The National Druggist - September 1921 Read about how drug stores decorated Halloween window displays featuring papier mache pumpkins.