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Vintage Halloween Postcards

Updated on October 1, 2014

Collecting Halloween Postcards is a Passion of Mine

During the Golden Age of Postcards which ran from 1898 until 1918, sending Halloween greetings by way of postcards was equally as popular as sending Christmas greetings.

Today, they're mostly collected because of the wonderful fun images of witches, black cats, pumpkins and other October 31st icons on them.

Do you collect vintage Halloween postcards? Are you interested in getting started? Here you will find a few collecting tips, postcards for sale, and more.

Halloween has always been a favorite holiday of mine. By collecting these ephemera treats from the past, the fun lasts all year long.

Vintage Halloween Postcard
Vintage Halloween Postcard | Source

Start Your Collection Today

I've included several eBay searches in order for you to see what is available and for you to get an idea of the price ranges of collectible vintage Halloween Postcards.

I've bought most of mine from eBay and I haven't been disappointed yet. Just be sure to read all of the fine print and check for comments on the condition of the card you are purchasing. Mint is best, poor is worst and anything in between should be carefully explained.

Antique Postcard
Antique Postcard | Source

Available at eBay

The following appear here through the magic of ebay.com. Well, a live search anyway. Click on any product link to be taken directly to your chosen item at ebay where you can learn more about it or bid and buy with confidence.

The following ebay auctions will be ending today. You better hurry to get your bid in, in time!

Tuck

Tuck produced some of my favorite Halloween postcards. Learn more about the Tuck company by reading Tuck History by JD Weeks.

Clapsaddle

The artist Ellen Clapsaddle made some of the most beautiful postcards of her time. Take a look at some of her miniature artwork here.

How to Determine the Price

I wish I had the magic answer for you here but determining the price of a vintage Halloween postcard is basically the same as determining the price of any collectible. Your postcard is only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it.

Of course the rarer your card is, and the conditon of your postcard play a huge roll in determining it's value, if no one wants it, you won't be able to sell it for much.

To get a general idea of what your particular vintage post card is worth you will need to do a bit of studying. Get a price guide. Study the fluctuating prices at ebay for a while, not just a day or two, but for at least a month. Visit vintage Halloween postcard dealers online.

After you've done all of that, compare the condition of your card to the others that you have seen and then you should have a pretty good idea of what your particular postcard is worth.

Images of pretty witches on postcards were almost as popular as their uglier counterparts.
Images of pretty witches on postcards were almost as popular as their uglier counterparts. | Source

Why collect used ones?

Although mint condition postcards are much more valuable, I like collecting the ones that have been used better. I love to read the old messages on them - A window to the past, I suppose. (or maybe I'm just nosy!)

A Look at some Rare Antique Halloween Postcards

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Thank you for visiting. Tell me about your collection in the comments below.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      I love collecting postcards, both vintage and modern. These Halloween cards are delightful!

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      I love that you are collecting vintage cards because they have been touched by the hands that made history. And nosy? Well, YEAH! Postcards give us the chance to learn the truth and gossip of the past that informs our today and our tomorrow. Sort of like leaving meaningful lenses behind....

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      Wow, I think I knew some of those postcards when they were young. ;-)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These are cuter than cute!

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      Donnette Davis 5 years ago from South Africa

      Absolutely Stunning x

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      PennyHowe 5 years ago

      What a nostalgic lens. Love the vintage cards. Awesome and unique idea for a lens. Thanks again.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      I love vintage, and these cards are great. I like to read what was written on old postcards, too.

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      floppypoppygift1 5 years ago

      What a fun collection of vintage postcards! They are an endless source of fascination for me! Cheers~cb

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      PostcardPassion 5 years ago

      Fascinating lens with great postcards

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      Writing Nag 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I love reading the messages on the back too! A glimpse into the times. great lens!

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Seems like the images of vintage Halloween postcards, are a lot more appealing to the eye than modern Halloween graphics. I have a few among some old postcards I have.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      I love postcards, they keep friends together like nothing else, and you have found some delightful ones. I love to collect them, but even more I love to send them out to loved ones. Blessed and featured as a related lens on my own postcard lens. Keep up postcarding!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      In better times I use to collect Ellen Clapsaddle's postcards; I had to sell all but a few when my mother passed and I had gone through my savings being her caretaker. I had one of my cards bring in $200 (yay Payday!!!) but many I think I broke even (and actually lost money on, eBay is the worst place to sell them).

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      Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      I started my antique postcard collection with the assistance of a lady called Serena who runs a local antique shop. She kept a shoebox of antique postcards for sale on a small table in the corner - and I'd go there to rumage through the box. There were real treasures there! For $1 and $2 (and sometimes $3), I could buy a Tuck or a B&B or a Winsch. When I see cards by these designers for sale on eBay, I'm amazed at Serena's prices - she made these classics affordable. I remember finding a card that had no maker's name, but the date "1896" written on the back - no pricetag. When Serena saw how enthusiastic I was to find a card of this age (it's still the oldest in my collection), she sold it to me for $2. These cards I bought at Serena's are still the 'core' of my collection - though I've bought more than a hundred or more from eBay since. Thanks for making this lens.

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      I love Halloween too and these are wonderful postcards. Nice job.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Vintage Halloween postcards are gracious and artistic, great selection of vintage cards, especially the witch flying on the broom a universal and evergreen Halloween theme.

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      PainMan1 6 years ago

      Very cool lens idea! Great job!

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      RosemaryLucas 6 years ago

      Some of those vintage postcards are works of art and fun too!

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      CrazyPirate 6 years ago

      Enjoyed your article, "How to Determine the Price of a Vintage Halloween Postcard"

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      feliciasfavs 6 years ago

      Nice collection - some of these postcards bring back nostalgic memories.

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      halloweenprops 6 years ago

      This is an interesting topic. Love the picture of the witch and cat on broom.

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      thebabyshop 6 years ago

      Beautiful looking cards! Vintage is the best way to go when it comes to postcards.

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      ojolie 7 years ago

      Here are some vintage-ish artistic animated Halloween ecards!http://www.ojolie.com/ecards_halloween.php

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I've always loved vintage, but never really paid attention to postcards. These are a great selection Robin. I have a friend who collects vintage postcards, tintypes, RPPC and am really starting to enjoy them.

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      Gamganny 7 years ago

      Beautiful postcards and lens.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Wonderful vintage postcards and lens.

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      Love this lens! I have always loved vintage cards. Halloween and Christmas are my favorite but I have never considered collecting them until you sent the link to your blog. NOW my husband says, what are you doing now looking at MORE halloween cards... (laughs) it is so funny! I told him, blame Robin.. I would have never thought about collecting them.. Power of suggestion, eh?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love vintage Halloween postcards and have many myself. Lensroll to Canvas Trick Or Treat Bags

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I've always loved old postcards. The graphics are so great on these. Besides they don't take up much space to store the collection.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I didn't see any stars at the top of the page but I'd give you 5. What a GREAt web site!!!

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done & blessed. I love Halloween postcards, too although I don't collect them. May just be starting a collection of Halloween aprons though!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Superbly done! I too have a passion for the illustration art in these old postcards! Would you please consider adding your postcard lenses to my group Ephemera and Paper Collectibles Headquarters. You would be a very nice addition to our group.

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      Dianne Loomos 9 years ago

      I love the vintage Halloween images. 5* and a lensroll to my Halloween treat bags lens.

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      Nathalie Roy 9 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Some wonderful pieces and another great lens!! 5/5

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      minky 10 years ago

      Excellent lens and very interesting content

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      Aika 10 years ago

      till next year! I'm saving this creative idea.

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      chloecavanaugh 10 years ago

      What an interesting lens, very well done.Left ya*****Chloe

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      I have about 90% of my Halloween Postcard collection on the flickr website, if you would like to check them out - here is a link. http://www.flickr.com/photos/vintagehalloweencolle...

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      justholidays 10 years ago

      Wouaaaaaaaaaaaaah! These cards are so beautiful! Thanks to you, I'll become the first Belgian Halloween expert ;-)Prosperity66 - Happy Halloween!

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      ShortSaleRealtor 10 years ago

      another great lens 5 stars 4 u

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      ChristopherScot1 10 years ago

      Great lens and thanks for coming by our lens for A Day of Hope! You have lots of great information for all of us. Keep up the hard work. Come over to A DAY OF HOPE

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      aidenw 10 years ago from USA

      Halloween is my favorite holiday too, and I also like antique and vintage stuff. So this is a wonderful lens. I'm lensrolling it to mine :)

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      KimGiancaterino 10 years ago

      These are beautiful! I collect black cat items, especially advertising pieces. Great lens to welcome the fall season.

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      Aika 10 years ago

      really cute postcards. I'm into vintage style also and love your works. 5 stars from me

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      JasonE 10 years ago

      A very interesting topic, and I'm sure that it's a fun hobby! It's my understanding that paper and papier-mache Halloween decorations from the early 20th century are also very hot collectibles right now. Some of them are going for a few hundred dollars apiece!

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      CollectorsCottage 10 years ago

      I love your lens and the postcard pics! Halloween has always been a favorite holiday of mine too, probably because my birthday is Mischief Night! 5 star lens. Welcome to the Collector Clubs group!

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      docwoman 10 years ago

      Terrific lens. Halloween was always my favorite holiday, lol! Five stars!

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      Barkely 10 years ago

      Super cool, I collect postcards, but just have a hodgepodge of whatever catches my eye.

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      coolpostcards 10 years ago

      What a super lens. Great work. I love Halloween postcards, too.