Halloween Greeting Postcard, 1907-1912

Summary

During the 1800s, Irish immigrants had a great influence on the celebration of Halloween in the United States. They substituted traditional lanterns carved from hollowed-out turnips with pumpkins, a squash native to America. This colorful postcard features these jack-o-lanterns, which had become the symbol of the American Halloween by the turn of the 20th century.

During the 1800s, Irish immigrants had a great influence on the celebration of Halloween in the United States. They substituted traditional lanterns carved from hollowed-out turnips with pumpkins, a squash native to America. This colorful postcard features these jack-o-lanterns, which had become the symbol of the American Halloween by the turn of the 20th century.

Artifact

Postcard

Date Made

1907-1912

Creators

Clapsaddle, Ellen H. (Ellen Hattie), 1865-1934 

International Art Publishing Co. 

Place of Creation

United States, New York, New York 

Germany, Berlin 

Creator Notes

Original artwork by Ellen Clapsaddle; printed by International Art Publishing Company, New York, New York and Berlin, Germany. Printed in Germany.

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2013.79.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Printing (Process)
Embossing (Technique)

Color

Multicolored
Gold (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 3.5 in

Width: 5.375 in

Inscriptions

Facsimile of artist signature on lower left front corner: Ellen H. Clapsaddle Text on front: "Curioser and Curioser" / Allhallowe'en. (sic) / HALLOWE'EN / GREETING

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