Halloween Greeting Postcard, 1908

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 involving witchcraft, owls, and black cats.

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 involving witchcraft, owls, and black cats.

Artifact

Postcard

Date Made

1908

Subject Date

1908

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2004.68.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Dimensions

Height: 3.5 in

Width: 5.375 in

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