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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Halloween

Pumpkin-Hound: 1923

Pumpkin-Hound: 1923

Washington, D.C., or vicinity, 1923. "Getting ready for Halloween, and it's nobody's business where he got the pumpkin." Jack-o-lantern carving in the field with a boy and his dog. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Seven Skulls: 1927

Seven Skulls: 1927

Washington, D.C., circa 1927. "NO CAPTION (man with skull display)." Friends of the family, no doubt. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Bones: 1938

Bones: 1938

Circa 1938. "Philadelphia. Window of a medical supply house near Market and Twenty-Third Street." Photo by Paul Vanderbilt. View full size.

 

The Commercial Vampire: 1898

The Commercial Vampire: 1898

For your Halloween enjoyment we present "The Commercial Vampire," a Leon Barritt cartoon from the July 20, 1898, issue of Vim, a short-lived satirical weekly published in New York. Painting department stores as bloodthirsty predators of small independent businesses, the same argument made today in some quarters against giant retailers like Wal-Mart and Amazon. View full size.

 

Halloween Hobo: 1957

Halloween Hobo: 1957

Baltimore, Oct. 31, 1957. "Carol Lee, Ray Steward, Howard H." A seasonal scene from the Janet & Kermy Kodachromes. Happy Halloween! View full size.

Dale and the Pale Pumpkin

Dale and the Pale Pumpkin

"Dale and pumpkin, 1962." Dale, last seen at the reunion, now in the pumpkin patch. From the Kermy & Janet Kodachromes I found on eBay. View full size.

Happy Halloween: 1958

Happy Halloween: 1958

October 1958, somewhere in Pennsylvania. Big brother is ready for a night of trick-or-treating. Rob from the rich, and share with your understudy! Our fourth selection from a batch of Kodachrome slides found on eBay. View full size.

 
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