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Bal Masque: 1939

Bal Masque: 1939

October 1939. "Masquerade at Halloween party. Hillview cooperative, Osage Farms, Missouri." Acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

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Not "PC"

Looks like a whole lot of cultural appropriation goin' on here.

Many men smoke, but

Is that guy on the right Fu Manchu, or Ming the Merciless?

Jason Is Here Somewhere

Ok, so now we know where they got the premise for Halloween I, II, and III.

[Not to mention "Psycho." - Dave]

Right! Forgot that one. MOTHER!!!!!!!

Not a chance

No way am I hanging out at this party for more than five minutes. JD undersold this one -- every one of those costumes is unsettling.


Whew! "The Purge" has got nothing on these people.


Those homemade masks are a lot scarier than anything store-bought today. The eye slit on the mask of the little fellow, lower right, is really unsettling.

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