Halloween Card, "To Greet You Hallowe'en," circa 1917

Summary

A distinctly American blend of Halloween traditions emerged by the late 1800s. Into the 20th century, the holiday was mostly an innocent celebration of mystery and fun, but friends and neighbors often exchanged seasonal greeting cards that evoked Halloween's superstitious origins. This colorful example alludes to olden customs and beliefs about the spiritual world.

A distinctly American blend of Halloween traditions emerged by the late 1800s. Into the 20th century, the holiday was mostly an innocent celebration of mystery and fun, but friends and neighbors often exchanged seasonal greeting cards that evoked Halloween's superstitious origins. This colorful example alludes to olden customs and beliefs about the spiritual world.

Artifact

Postcard

Date Made

1917

Creators

Unknown

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

94.81.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Dimensions

Height: 3.438 in

Width: 5.5 in

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