Photograph of Young Adults Celebrating Halloween with Carved Jack-o-lanterns, 1907

Summary

In the 20th century, Halloween's superstitious origins gave way to a national celebration of mystery and innocent fun. Early gatherings were designed as matchmaking parties for young people, with games to "predict" matrimonial futures and ample opportunity for flirtation. Here, revelers pose with jack-o-lanterns--a unique blend of immigrant customs and native harvest crops that came to symbolize the American Halloween.

In the 20th century, Halloween's superstitious origins gave way to a national celebration of mystery and innocent fun. Early gatherings were designed as matchmaking parties for young people, with games to "predict" matrimonial futures and ample opportunity for flirtation. Here, revelers pose with jack-o-lanterns--a unique blend of immigrant customs and native harvest crops that came to symbolize the American Halloween.

Artifact

Photographic postcard

Date Made

1907

Subject Date

1907

Creators

Unknown

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2008.22.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Cardboard
Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process
Toning (Photography)

Color

Brown
Sepia (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 3.375 in

Width: 5.375 in

Inscriptions

Message handwritten in ink on back: Dear Ned: / A few of the inmates / A.C.W. Address handwritten in ink: Mr. Edward R. Bootey / Federal Building / Jamestown / N.Y. Postmark stamped in ink: BUFFALO / DEC 13 / 6-PM / 19 07 / N.Y.

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