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Halloween invitation

Halloween invitation
Date: 1909
Small handwritten invitation to a 1909 Halloween party. All marks are handmade in black ink on rectangular white cardstock. Five jack-o'-lanterns are sketched across top and down left margin. The invitation was among the belongings of the Mack family, who were farmers in rural Morris County. The address "1027 Houston" may refer to the residence of Mrs. Mary Van Zile in Manhattan, Kansas.


Halloween postcard

Halloween postcard
Creator: Raphael Tuck & Sons Co. Ltd.
Date: 1911
Embossed Halloween postcard copyrighted by Raphael Tuck & Sons of England. Lithographed scene depicts girl and cat seated on a flying broom and poses the question, "Don't I look like a regular witch?" One-cent postage stamp on reverse, plus a handwritten message indicating the postcard was sent to the donor, Edith DeMoss, by her sister, Margaret May. It references two different Halloween parties in the Iola, Kansas, area.


Halloween postcard

Halloween postcard
Creator: International Art Publishing Company
Date: 1908
Rectangular embossed color postcard depicting black cats and jack-o'-lanterns and the holiday greeting "Happy Hallowe'en." Elaborate color postcards were popular during the early 20th century. The International Art Publishing Company produced this example in 1908.


Halloween postcard

Halloween postcard
Date: 1910
Embossed Hallowe'en postcard depicting a trio of pumpkin figures with jack-o'-lantern heads, gourd bodies, and husk arms and legs, seated atop a large oblong squash. A girl rings a bell and blows a party horn to the side. Elaborate color postcards were popular during the early 20th century. This manufacturer of this example is unknown. Delaware, Oklahoma postal cancellation on reverse, with handwritten message to Miss Iva Capps of Buffalo, Kansas, from her Aunt Anna.


Halloween postcard

Halloween postcard
Creator: Whitney
Date: between 1920 and 1939
Embossed Hallowe'en postcard depicting children walking in front of a large jack-o'-lantern. Elaborate color postcards were popular during the early 20th century. This example was produced by Whitney of Worcester, Massachusetts.


Halloween postcard

Halloween postcard
Date: 1914
Embossed Hallowe'en postcard depicting a kneeling child cowering below a windowsill on which a black cat is perched. Printed Hallowe'en greeting on front, and handwritten message on back addressed to Philip Hambleton of Topeka, Kansas, from Mary Maxwell. Elaborate color postcards were popular during the early 20th century. This manufacturer of this example is unknown.


Halloween postcard

Halloween postcard
Creator: Wolfe Publishing
Date: 1916
Embossed Hallowe'en postcard depicting a pumpkin creature with jack-o'-lantern head and corn body in front of a large smiling moon resembling a squash. Printed Hallowe'en greeting on front, and handwritten message on back addressed to Philip Hambleton of Topeka, Kansas. Elaborate color postcards were popular during the early 20th century.


Halloween postcard

Halloween postcard
Creator: S. Bergman
Date: 1913
Embossed Hallowe'en postcard depicting a girl and boy bobbing for apples, inside a decorative border of alternating jack-o'-lanterns and black cats. Printed Hallowe'en greeting on front, and handwritten message on back addressed to Philip Hambleton of Topeka, Kansas, from Aunt Lela. Elaborate color postcards were popular during the early 20th century. This example was manufactured by S. Bergman of New York.


Minnie and Earl Biglin in costumes

Minnie and Earl Biglin in costumes
Date: 1902
This photograph shows Minnie Biglin wearing a muslin dress with a newspaper printed on it. She is standing next to her brother, Earl, who is dressed as a printer's devil. In late March, 1902, the Alta Vista Journal printed an open invitation to a costume ball on April 1 in Dwight, Kansas, which was billed as "the last masquerade of the season." The newspaper urged everyone "to mask and come out and have a good time." Minnie was a correspondent for the newspaper and she persuaded the editor to print the March 28 edition on muslin for her so she could go as "Miss Newspaper." The costume received one of the five prizes awarded at the masquerade. According to the Thursday, August 7, 1969, issue of the Alta Vista Journal, Minnie later became Mrs. John Jacobs of Council Grove and donated the dress and hat, along with other belongings, to the Kaw Mission museum. She was 97 years old at the time.


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