Thursday, October 18, 2012

Top 5: A Vintage Halloween Postcard Education

Apparently, people used to spell Halloween with an apostrophe between the e's (Hallowe'en).  That's just one fun thing I learned looking at old Halloween postcards.  Learn for yourself below!

5: Creepy-ass devils with pitchforks are good (like spiders) in that they keep terrifying pumpkin/gourd monsters at bay.  At least, that's why I'm getting from this.

4: "Gobelins," looking very much like devils, ride "black Bat aeroplanes" around weather vanes on Halloween, but not if it's cloudy.  (The text: "A Starry Hallowe'en: If Hallowe'en's a starry night, You'll see the gobelins in flight, Perched on their black Bat aeroplanes, They flit about the weather vanes!")

3: Apparently, Hallowe'en is for lovers.

2: Knocking owls in the noggin with ink bottles keeps witches away.  (The text is hard to read; it says: "Halloween Precautions: To see a White Owl on Halloween is a sign the witches are near.  Throw a bottle of ink at his head And all are sure to disappear.")

1: Bobbing for apples was, at some point, fun and generally thought of as a good idea.

Seriously, aren't these old Halloween cards charming in their own way?  I would love to get my hands on some...  Anyhow, check out our other Halloween-themed posts here, add your thoughts in the comments below, and find us on Facebook where you can like our page, yada yada yada...  

3 comments:

  1. Love those old cards, great find! Halloween has always been a special time that noone seemed to know exactly how to market. Now its easy, a time for proper women to show alittle of their naughty side and for guys to get drunk and stare, and for kids to be superheros of villains

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  2. I love this response, Dan. You summed up Halloween perfectly!

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  3. Weird that the Valentine's Day cards were creepier than the Halloween ones! http://kooztop5.blogspot.com/2012/02/top-5-creepiest-antique-valentines.html

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