I’m a sucker for vintage greeting cards, and the Halloween versions always make me smile. Besides the record of how our ancestors viewed the holiday, we get to see beautiful print work, popular clothing styles, original artwork, and…interesting typography! Here’s a quick collection of spooky examples from the early 1900s.
Some of these look really tame by today’s standards, but some of the faces on the pumpkins would give me the heebie-jeebies!
Besides the charming illustrations, the typography is fascinating.
Can you imagine hand drawing all of this? Wow!!
Did you ever watch the old Judy Garland movie, “Meet Me in St. Louis”? It’s set in the early 1900s, and tells the story by moving from holiday to holiday. Their depiction of Halloween is so charming, and captures what it felt like to dress up and walk freely about town as a child back in the day. These cards always bring those days to mind with their energy and innocent celebration of pretending to be both a little nice and a little naughty.
I suppose this one is my favorite. Besides the amazing colors, the finishing is superb. It looks like gold thread woven through her dress. Can you imagine what this looks like under candle light? Spectacular, no?!
Hope you’ve enjoyed taking a little stroll through this online collection. If you’d like to view more, just google “vintage Halloween cards” and select “images” – you won’t be disappointed!