Halloween Greetings

7712-245; Source: O.C. Phillips

7712-245; Source: O.C. Phillips

Halloween is all around us.  Costumes, candy, pumpkins, decorations and even Halloween themed lights are everywhere.  Seems to us that in looking at all this “stuff” Halloween revelers seem to fall into two basic camps–scary or merry.  Both can be fun and both have historical precedent but we noticed that the NSHS collections relating to this holiday fall decidedly into the merry camp. 

Take the postcards in this blog.  All were produced between 1900 and about 1920 and reflect the surge in postcard production seen during that time period.  These pieces are definitely on the cute side and a few even ring a romantic tone.  We think they’re fun and they fit into our personal merry view of Halloween but the Society needs some items that reflect the scary side of the holiday.  So, while we try to figure out how to get our hands on a scary item or two that scream (not literally) ”Nebraska Halloween,” enjoy these images and, whether you’re a porch- light-on or porch-light-off kind of person, have a Happy Halloween.

 
 
8024-279; Source: Faith Kimberly

8024-279; Source: Faith Kimberly

9854-571; Source: Thomas Berger Johnson

9854-571; Source: Thomas Berger Johnson

9857-570; Source: Thomas Berger Johnson

9857-570; Source: Thomas Berger Johnson

9424-21; Source: Elon E. Hill

9424-21; Source: Elon E. Hill

8348-59; Source: Janet Smith

8348-59; Source: Janet Smith

8024-280; Source: Faith Kimberly

8024-280; Source: Faith Kimberly

 

8024-305; Source: Faith Kimberly

8024-305; Source: Faith Kimberly

 

Deb Arenz and Laura Mooney

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