Welcome to Flashback Friday! Collecting holiday vintage postcards is a big passion of mine! Postcard images can be fun, sweet, romantic or scary, depending on the holiday. The connection to holidays long ago is so meaningful. The cards I truly cherish are those that are postmarked and have handwritten notes. They provide a tiny glimpse into the lives and times that came before us. I feel a sense of honor in having a chance to preserve and share a tiny part of history and illustration. Of all the holiday postcards, vintage Halloween postcards, some with romantic superstitions of the day, are my very favorite!
Vintage Halloween postcards are one of the most highly collected of all the holiday cards from the Golden Age of Postcards, 1898 through 1918. Interested in learning more about vintage postcards? See my earlier post here on New Year’s postcards for some starter resources. I’ve looked forward all year to sharing some of my favorite vintage Halloween cards with you!
Raphael Tuck & Sons manufactured the following three cards.
These two are from the Tuck “Hallowe’en” series – I love that the little goblins are frosting a cake!
Artist signed cards are highly sought after and I’m lucky to have a Halloween card from artist Frances Brundage. How sweet is this? Bobbing for apples at Halloween started a long time ago!
This card is from artist Ellen Clapsaddle, who was one of the most prolific postcard illustrators of her era.
Many romantic superstitions surrounded Halloween at the turn of the century. They often made their way onto postcard artwork. Most of the superstitions had to do with the revelation of the future husband’s face of a single lady on Halloween! My daughter and I were talking about this and her comment was, “I wish that worked!” Ok, we’re going to give it a try. She’s holding out hope that it’s Adam Levine in the mirror! (I know, he’s engaged, but he hasn’t put a wedding ring on it YET!) 😉
Some of my cards, of course, are showing a bit of wear and tear. It just amazes me, though, that these little pieces of art have survived for so many years. This card is postmarked October 25, 1910 – can you believe this is 103 years old? I so hope that someday in the future, my great-great grandchildren will be marveling that these cards are 300+ years old!
It’s hard to read this onscreen – the Hallowe’en Don’ts!
Don’t get nervous, have no fear
Make friends with the witches
And they will give you good cheer.
I hope you enjoyed these cards, a little vintage Halloween spirit and some fun superstition as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing them. Oh, and I’ll TOTALLY let you know if Adam makes an appearance in the mirror on October 31. Better make sure I have the right kind of candle!
Have a great Friday – and hope you’re ready to get your party on for Best of the Weekend tonight at 8:00 p.m.!