Collecting Vintage Halloween Postcards

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Vintage Halloween Postcards – Fun Vintage Collectibles For Halloween
By Emma Martin

When it comes to Halloween memorabilia, vintage Halloween postcards are my favorite. While I’m frequently tempted to get into collecting other types of memorabilia, such as toys and decorations, ultimately I find my mouse pointing towards the bid button for a postcard instead. It’s the artwork that always grabs me, but there is also a lot to be said for the fact that postcards are simply an easier item to store and protect. Also, while prices in the vintage Halloween collectibles market have soared remarkably over the past several years, the postcards still remain one of the best values. While there are plenty of postcards fetching prices in the hundreds of dollars, there are deals to be had under $25 and I’ve seen plenty of Halloween postcard auctions on Ebay go to the high bidder for around ten dollars.

If you’re just starting to collect vintage Halloween postcards, my advice is to simply set a budget for yourself and then buy the cards you like. You can either set a maximum price per card or set yourself a monthly spending allowance, so if you see one card that chews up your entire monthly budget, that might be the only card you buy that month. If you find yourself with a lot of hard decisions due to budgetary constraints, I always recommend using themes to limit your collection. Once you get to know what types of postcards are available and what cards you find yourself drawn to, there are a lot of opportunities to create tight themes since there are several different iconic images representing Halloween. For example, you could limit yourself to purchasing only cards that feature Jack O’Lanterns, black cats, or vegetable people. There are also witches and ghosts , and black crows and owls are some other common images for Halloween postcards as well.

Another direction to consider for your postcard collection is collecting by artist. There are several artists who are popular among collectors of vintage Halloween postcards. Two of the most popular artists who designed postcards for Halloween were Ellen Clapsaddle and Kathryn Elliott. Ellen Clapsaddle worked for the Wolf Company and Kathryn Elliott worked for Gibson. Both of these ladies have a distinctive style of their own and over the years their artwork has become highly collectible. If you fall in love with a particular artist, and many have fallen in love with Clapsaddle’s work, then it is always possible to move from just collecting Halloween postcards into collecting postcards for other occasions by the same artist.

Please enjoy exploring the wide variety of Vintage Halloween Postcards available at http://www.retroholiday.com

It’s not too late to start your antique Halloween collection before the spooky day arrives.

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Sandwiches for Halloween

    Cottage cheese and jelly

    Ground beef and pickle

    Peanut butter and honey

    Frankfurters on buttered buns

    Chopped olives and cheese

Whole wheat and white bread, spread with a mixture of ground stuffed olives, black walnut meats and salad dressing.

Cut bread in round slices, and spread each slice with butter and peanut butter. With slices of banana make features on each peanut butter face. A strip of pimento across the mouth will give an added effect.

Any sandwich may be given a special Hallowe’en appearance by cutting but eyes, nose and mouth in the top slice of bread.

Put 6 cooked frankfurters through food chopper with pickles or stuffed olives, and moisten with tomato catsup. Cut slices of
bread with cat-shaped cookie cutter, and fill with the spread.

Halloween Casserole

1 cup rice
1 1/2c. boiling water
2 cups tomatoes
1 cup mushrooms
1 med. onion, chopped
1/4 cup butter
2 cups peas
1 green pepper chopped
1 c. diced celery
1 c. diced cooked veal
Salt and pepper
Meat gravy

Wash rice, drop in boiling water and tomatoes and cook until just tender. In
the meantime, saute the mushrooms and onion in butter. Add liquid from a can of peas, the pepper and celery, and simmer gently for about 10 minutes.

Combine all ingredients, turn into large greased baking dish. If the mixture seems dry, add meat gravy.

Sprinkle buttered crumbs over the top and cook in a hot oven until thoroughly heated through and browned on top.

Serve from casserole.

Frog Halloween Costume to Make

frog1-webIf an entire costume is wanted, cover a sleeping garment with crushed crepe paper*. Follow the general instructions for the Panda Bear, omitting feet and making the legs and arms just as tight as possible yet allowing the garment to be taken off and on.

Material (for head and hands only) – Verybest Crepe

  • 1 fold each No. 130 Spring Green,
  • No. 135 Emerald Green (3 folds more of eachcolor for complete costume);
  • 1 sheet green mat stock;
  • 1 sheet black glazed paper;
  • metal paper fasteners;
  • 2 yds. 1/2″ emerald green ribbon;
  • spool wire;
  • paste

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Make a pattern, Fig. 2, page 31. Cut mat stock. Crease on dotted lines. Cover with crushed green crepe paper*, applying the paste all over the mat stock and pressing the crepe paper down on it firmly. Use dark and light green as illustrated.

Turn surplus over and paste to under side. Overlap at back and fasten with paper fasteners. For eyes, make 2″ balls of crepe paper. Cover
with black glazed paper, pasting firmly under neath. Thrust a piece of spool wire across at the bottom, Fig. B. Use the ends to fasten through
the head. Twist to hold. Cover the lower part where eyes are attached with crushed green crepe paper. Paste curved pieces of glazed
paper in position for big wide mouth.

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Make a cap foundation of a double thickness of green crepe paper, using pieces 16″ wide and correct length for head size*. Double and cut out opening, Fig. C. Paste or stitch around opening. Seam ends together for about 5″ at top. Gather at top with needle and thread. Paste into cardboard head at top and down back. Sew ribbon ties in place.

Cut hands from double thickness, stitch around edge, add ribbon ties, Fig. D.

* detailed instructions for these processes can be found on pages 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 of

45 Easy to Make Costumes and Accessories of Crepe Paper

Collecting Beistle Halloween Decorations

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Beistle Halloween Decorations – Vintage Halloween Decorations From the Beistle Company

Author: Emma Martin

Halloween decorations made by The Beistle Company are some of the most popular collectibles among fans of vintage holiday decorations. Specializing in paper party supplies such as die-cuts, centerpieces and paper plates and cups, The Beistle Company has been manufacturing Halloween novelty d├ęcor and supplies since the beginning of the 20th century. Founded in Pennsylvania by Martin Beistle, The Beistle Company is still in business today and is one of the largest manufacturers of Halloween goods in the US. But for collectors, it isn’t Beistle’s new products that cause the most interest. It’s their highly sought after vintage Halloween decorations that have become highly collectible.

Some of the vintage Beistle decorations you should be on the look-out for if you are seeking to start or add to your collection are Halloween die-cuts, lanterns and other paper products for the table. Many of the Beistle decorations feature honeycomb tissue paper so you can find items like Jack O’Lanterns with arms and legs that bounce, but due to the fragile nature of the honeycomb tissue you will want to inspect any purchases carefully and also make sure you carefully store any paper products that you buy when they aren’t in use.

One thing to be aware of if you looking for Beistle Halloween decorations to add to your collection is the fact that some of their most popular vintage designs have been reproduced recently so you should be wary of unscrupulous sellers who are claiming the repro items as the original vintage products. All of the reproductions are marked with the year of production and the paper they are made out of is heavier than the paper Beistle used in the 1930s and 40s so if you are shopping in person it will be easy to spot the difference. But if, like most collectors, you are putting together your Halloween collection with online purchases and Ebay auctions, the best advice is to stick to well-known and reputable dealers who have a reputation to maintain and lots of positive feedback on their auctions.

Beistle has used various trademarks over the years and there are several to keep an eye out for when you are determining authenticity. Depending on what kind of product you are looking at, the trademarks will either be stamped, printed, labeled or embossed. The most common trademarks include: “H.E. Luhrs”; “The Beistle Company” printed signature, “Bee-Line” which may or may not include an image of a bee in flight; and the Beistle Diamond Trademark. On their tissue products you may find the “Art Tissue Westminster Bells” trademark.

Some of the most interesting of the vintage Beistle Halloween decorations available were made between the years 1900 and the early 1950s. Due to the fact that Halloween was much more of an adult oriented holiday than it is today, you’ll often find that early decorations had more of a spooky aspect than the stuff made for children’s Halloween parties and trick or treat outings today. So as you build your collection, it may make the most sense to stick to products manufactured in the early half of the century in order to maintain a consistent feel to your Halloween collection.

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You can find many great examples of vintage Beistle Halloween decorations, such as the wonderful vintage Halloween die-cuts made by Beistle. And don’t forget vintage Christmas lights.

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Superstitions About Cats (part 7)

For a cat to die in an Egyptian home, is considered a most unlucky omen. It was also considered extremely unlucky, in Egypt, if a cat happened *to be burned in a house, and it threw the Egyptians into the deepest grief. They shaved off their eyebrows to show their sorrow, and respect, and were unlucky if they did not.

In Tibet, if anyone kills a cat, accidentally or otherwise, he will have the sins of the cat transferred to him; this not only means the sins of the present cat, but those of the person who is now incarnated in the cat, for his previous sins, in his life on earth before.

A cat of any color, whether an uninvited visitor or an established member of the family, must never be restrained from sharpening its talons at the expense of the table legs, since when he has scratched, he has scratched for luck.

Cats have been the objects of superstition from the earliest ages. In Egypt, they were held in the highest reverence, temples were erected in their honor, sacrifices and devotions were offered up to them, and it was customary for the family in whose house a cat died, to shave their eyebrows.

In the Middle Ages, they were regarded as the familiars of witches, and the black cat was the form taken by the devil whenever he pleased. It was therefore once considered very unlucky to have a black cat cross your path.

The “taigheirm” was an infernal magical sacrifice of cats, the origin of which lies in the remotest pagan times, and in the rites dedicated to the subterranean gods, from whom men solicited by nocturnal offerings particular gifts and benefits.

In the Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland, in Iceland, Norway, and the Faroe Islands these black-cat sacrifices were still continued in Christian ages. Such horrible and criminal doings were well suited to the country, its melancholy aspect covered with eternal fogs, exposed to savage and incessant storms, oppressing the minds of men, and by the absence of external amenities, operating on the imagination in a peculiarly gloomy and grotesque coloring.

The Venerable Bede relates that the island of Lewis, and all the north of Scotland, was a place of assembly formalicious apparitions, demons and evil spirits, occasioning torrents of rain, thunder and lightning, failure of the scanty crops and confusion and anguish in the people. “Thus we see,” says Horst, “the whole of the British Islands, yes, and also the Highlands of Scotland, over-run with demons, who were like the legions of base spirits whom Solomon enclosed in a kettle and sunk at Babylon, but which on the kettle being opened in quest of treasure, streamed up into the air, spread themselves over the whole heavens, and thence over Asia and the world.” The midnight hour, between Friday and Saturday, was the authentic time for the horrible practice of “taigheirm,” and the sacrifice was continued four whole days and nights. After th? cats were dedicated to the devil, and shameful things done to them, which occasioned them such agony as to result in continual screams and screeches of pain, one of them was put on a spit, and amid horrible howlings, was roasted alive over a slow fire. The moment that the screams and moans of one tortured cat ceased in death, another was thrust over the fire, and not an instant for the four days was the sound still. After a certain continuance of this torture, the infernal spirits appeared in the form of black cats. There came continually more and more of these spirit cats, and their howling, mingled with those alive and roasting on the spit, were beyond words to describe. Finally a cat of tremendous size appeared as the ruler of all the train. Then the “taigheirm” was complete, and the sacrificer demanded of the spirit cats the reward of his offering, as riches, children, health, or other material benefit. The gift of second sight was always voluntarily bestowed, and ever after the sacrificer could tell the future and see absent events.One of the last “taigheirms,” according to Horst, was held in the middle of the seventeenth century, on the island cf Mull. The inhabitants will show the place. The word means “the cry of cats,” and was accursed for its use. All over Europe, cats were sacrificed to the subterranean gods, and the Egyptians were as superstitious as the Babylonians about cats. Under the teachings of Christianity, there is nothing to prevent cruelty to animals. Not a word of mercy or kindness is uttered in the Testaments of warning or guidance as to how man shall treat animals with gentleness. Therefore, “under Christianity, cats were sacrificed to an invocation of infernal spirits,” as under paganism their tribe was deified.

 

Robin Bird Halloween Costume to Make

Robin1-webAll bird costumes are made in a similar way. The colors, shape of wings, tail, beak and head will have to be varied according to the specie.

A bird costume may be simplified and made as a slip-over. Use a sleeveless blouse and a pair of shorts or a one-piece sleeveless undergarment for the foundation to make either a boy’s or girl’s costume.

Material (4-8 yr.) – Very best Crepe

  • 4 folds No. 188 Brown,
  • 1 fold No. 152 Red;
  • 6 pcs. No.15 Flower Wire;
  • firm wrapping paper;
  • paste;
  • black glazed paper;
  • 4 yds. 3/4″ ribbon;
  • metalpaper fasteners;
  • foundation garment;
  • Scotch tape.

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