Halloween Postcard, "The Halloween Lantern," 1914

Summary

Halloween's superstitious origins gave way to a national celebration of mystery and innocent fun in 20th-century America. Seasonal greeting postcards commonly exchanged by friends and neighbors during Halloween reflected a distinctly American blend of olden customs and modern life. This colorful example from 1914 combines traditional superstitious symbols with a contemporary automobile.

Halloween's superstitious origins gave way to a national celebration of mystery and innocent fun in 20th-century America. Seasonal greeting postcards commonly exchanged by friends and neighbors during Halloween reflected a distinctly American blend of olden customs and modern life. This colorful example from 1914 combines traditional superstitious symbols with a contemporary automobile.

Artifact

Postcard

Date Made

1914

Subject Date

1914

Creators

Winsch, John O. 

Place of Creation

United States, New York, Stapleton 

Creator Notes

Designed by John O. Winsch

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2007.69.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Cardboard
Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Embossing (Technique)
Printing (Process)

Color

Green
Red
Yellow

Dimensions

Height: 3.625 in

Width: 5.625 in

Inscriptions

Embossed letters on front: HALLOWEEN LANTERN Printed, lower left corner: DESIGN COPYRIGHTED. JOHN WINSCH. 1914. Handwritten in ink on back: Wishing you / many merry/ Hallowe'en / greetings. / a friend / Mary S. / Miss Martha Bloch / 213 E. Pearl St / Boro

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