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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Halloween

The Klan: 1922

The Klan: 1922

Washington, D.C., or its Virginia suburbs. "March 18, 1922. Ku Klux Klan." And Klanmobile. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Halloween Apples

Halloween Apples

A little late for Halloween but an interesting look at Halloween, circa 1948. This photo was taken at the Reed Park Pavilion in Freeport, Illinois. The people are workers from the W.T. Rawleigh Company in that city. My mother is fifth from the left in the apple line. View full size.

The Visitor: 1928

The Visitor: 1928

Takoma Park, Maryland, circa 1928. "Washington Sanitarium classroom." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Dark Shadows: 1920

Dark Shadows: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Tumulty house, 1917 Kalorama Road." Residence of Joseph P. Tumulty, President Wilson's private secretary. View full size.

 

Trick-or-Treat: 1957

Trick-or-Treat: 1957

Halloween 1957, or "Tterrace and the Haunted Door Lock." Must be a dry run, since it's still daylight outside. My sister did the pumpkin decoration with an early felt-tip marker, and took this 2-1/4 square transparency. I'm 11. View full size.

Music for Your Halloween Party

Music for Your Halloween Party

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Jordan Piano Co. window, Halloween display." So you say you're having a Halloween party without a Victrola? Let us help before it's too late. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Scrambling for Pennies: 1911

Scrambling for Pennies: 1911

New York, November 1911. "Scramble for pennies -- Thanksgiving." Before Halloween came into its own as a holiday in this country, there was "Thanksgiving masking," where kids would dress up and go door to door for apples, or "scramble for pennies." George Grantham Bain Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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