Halloween Card, "May Halloween Frolics Engage You Tonight...," 1937

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 involving witchcraft and fortune-telling.

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 involving witchcraft and fortune-telling.

Artifact

Postcard

Date Made

1937

Subject Date

1937

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

86.9.2.51

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Dorothy Guimaraes.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

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