Vintage Halloween postcard depicting happy colorful Halloween witches.
Halloween greetings cards from the late 19th to the early 20th centuries often bore the images of traditional Halloween games that were popular at that time.
Games involving, inter alia,
apples, mirrors and walnuts were all played during the Halloween festivities. Some of the games were played to bring about "divining", a type of fortune telling.
Thousands of Halloween postcards were produced at the turn of the 20th century. The postcards of the 1920s regularly depict children, but do not show
On many of the postcards are images of
pumpkins, the inevitable witches and black cats, and very often children playing Halloween games, or carving jack-o-lanterns.
Today collecting Vintage Halloween postcards is a popular activity for many enthusiasts. Thousands of beautiful vintage Halloween images can be found within the public domain.
Wikipedia states that the editor of a collection of over 3,000 vintage Halloween postcards commented: "There are cards which mention the custom of trick-or-treating or show children in
costumes at the doors, but as far as we can tell they were printed later than the 1920s and more than likely even the 1930's. Tricksters of various sorts are shown on the early postcards, but not the means of appeasing them"
Mr Cornman, vintage Halloween postcard.
Postcard which depicts a girl apple bobbing.
Boo! vintage Halloween postcard.
Postacrd which depicts a boy with a jack-o-lantern.
A jack-o-lantern creature riding on a
. Card produced between 1900 and 1910.
Postcard which depicts
running away from a jack-o-lantern.
A woman sees an image of her future husband by looking in a mirror on Halloween night. 1904 card by Ellen Clapsdale.
Another postcard in which a woman sees the face of her future husband in a mirror on Halloween night.
Another card by an unknown which shows the same Halloween traditon. The shadow of a
can also be seen.
A woman is disappointed with the image of a future husband that she sees in the mirror on Halloween night.
A woman stares into the mirror for a long time on Halloween night but does not see a vision of her future husband.
Another humorous postcard in which a woman fails to see the face of her future husband in a mirror on Halloween night.
An unusual American Halloween card from 1901.
A young girl is puzzled by the sight of a jack o'lantern. 1909 card by an unknown artist.
A girl gets a fright on Halloween night. 1910 card by an unknown artist.
Postcard which depicts a witch and her black cat on a broomstick.
Postcard which depicts a young witch and her black cat on a broomstick.
Postcard which depicts a flying witch, a jack-o-lantern and some
Postcard which depicts a witch in an airplane and some
Postcard which gives advice on how people can protect themselves from wicked witches.
A card with an image of a witch's head and a jack-o-lantern preserved in the Special Collections of the Toronto Public Library.
Postcard which depicts some children making a model witch with a
head. A real witch watches from the moon.
A card with an illustration by the American artist Frances Brundage (1854-1937).
A card with an illustration by Frances Brundage which depicts a girl in a
holding a black kitten.
A card from around the year 1910 with an illustration by Frances Brundage.
Postcard which depicts a young woman wearing a
A jack-o-lantern man and a young woman. 1912 card by John Winsch.
1908 American Halloween postcard.
Postcard which depicts the aftermath of a Halloween prank.
Pre-1920 card with racist caricatures of African-American children.
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