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Halloween: 1917

Halloween: 1917

I finally worked up the nerve to submit this one. In this photo are my Grandmother and her two sisters. Their birth years were 1895, '97 and '99. This would have been in Huron County Ohio. The caption reads: "At Gregory's barn, Oct. 31, 1917." View full size.

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Grandmother and aunts

My Grandmother is seated at far right on the front row, looking away and very bored. My two great-aunts are on the far-left, (the couple in black-face, seated and standing), with one having her arms around the other.

Halloween Party

Glad you "worked up the nerve" to submit this great photo. Which are your Grandmother and Great Aunts?

Scary--job done

Your Gran & great aunts and all their young friends really knew how to do Halloween right. Some of those costumes are nightmare scary.


What a great costume on the seated man, second from the left, with his foot on a pumpkin. Looks like he even got into a bit of make-up as well, including lipstick. (Thanks for posting, KAP. I too had a grandmother born in 1897.)

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