Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hallowe'en Hilarity Party Book

Hallowe'en Hilarity was published in 1924 by the Paine Publishing Company of Dayton Ohio. It has very few illustrations in it; the cover of the book is the most interesting. 

The pumpkin on a pole with an owl perched on top and the invitation/place card below are two of the best illustrations.

What I did find inside though was this newspaper clipping with party ideas on one side and decoration ideas on the other side. The layout of the newspaper looks very much like an old Victoria newspaper, the Times/The Daily Times?... I was young then so it wasn't important to know or remember the name of a newspaper! It is now called the Times-Colonist. I don't know when the name changed so the clipping may be the Times/The Daily Times or the Times-Colonist.

Hallowe'en ephemera.

This year I haven't put any of my paper items out on display so I thought that I would post a few items that I could scan. I will do a post and show you pictures of this year's display. Enough with the talking/writing, enjoy yourself.

I didn't mention but the images are larger than the actual pieces so I'll put the dimensions under each image.

A ghost in the pumpkin patch by the light of the silvery moon is only 2 3/4" by 2 3/4".

The scarecrow decoration is 3" by 3 1/4".

Tjhis Hallmark party invitation is 3 1/2" by 5 1/4".

Coutts was a Canadian card company that eventually became Coutts Hallmark and then just Hallmark. The place-card has the inscription on it copyright Coutts Canada and underneath a Hallmark card. This may be just before they became known as Coutts Hallmark, I am not certain though. The place-card measures 5 1/4" by 4".

I love the addition of the Autumn leaves to this pumpkin image, it measures 4" by 4".

This little witch measures 4" by 3 1/4". The marks that you see unfortunately are pin holes.

This little die-cut witch measures only 1 1/2" wide by 1 1/2" high, the detail for the size is quite amazing.

Despite the fact that all of these items are small the graphics look great enlarged.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Autumn in the Country

A few weeks ago we did our annual trip to the country which really means drive a little ways to where the farms are. We are so fortunate to live on Vancouver Island, we have mountains, farmland, lakes, and ocean all within a very short driving distance.

We have a route that we do; High Oaks Farm Est. 1893 and then out to Dan's Farm Market to buy squash and pumpkins.

I am not certain if this is an apple or crab apple tree; the flesh was red for the most part. Yes, we picked an apple each, the tree was on the side of the road and I don't think anyone picked them.

I was using my camera and Trish was using the cell phone.

We met and were talking with the wife of the owner; she was saying that they may have to sell the farm because none of their children want to run it and it is too much for them to run. They rented to the farmland to Gayley Farms this year for growing pumpkins. 

She let us go down the driveway for additional pictures. I loved this fake crow on the fence post with the sign and thermometer.

This lantern with a sign and another thermometer was on the other fence post... I just noticed the horse shoe! There is something interesting about the artless clutter of undesigned groupings of things.

We then went off to Dan's Farm Market only to be greatly disappointed; it may be under new management but there was about half the amount of squash. There were a few large bins of squash, pumpkins, and gourds. We didn't buy anything. We left; were disappointed but things change.

We went to the Root Cellar, a large produce market where the prices are "dirt cheap" as the sign says and bought squash.

I went back to High Oaks Farm last week and bought 6 pumpkins for carving.

Check out some of my previous posts about our autumn excursions here, here, and here.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Marge's Little Lulu and Tubby Halloween Fun 1958

I posted a Little Lulu Hallowe'en comic last week and promised to post the other one that I bought the following year.

This time I've scanned a story about Tubby and his friends.

Tubby loved magic tricks and magicians; this was one of the influences that go me interested in magic and magicians as well. I didn't last long performing and eventually got rid of all of my magic tricks. I still love watching stage magicians and have in the last five or so years created pieces based on magic shows.

Follow these directions for doing Tubby's magic tricks and you will astound your friends!

This is the back of the comic book featuring Witch Hazel and Little Itch.

This candy container was inspired by early magic shows. Reginald, is one of the cast in The Man-in-the Moon's magic show, "Princess Rosamund and the Attack of the Pie Zombies". He plays "A Dignitary - from a Very Foreign Land". He is in disguise; he is actually "The Evil Conjuror". He enchants the pies of the kingdom, turning them into pie zombies in hopes of taking over the Kingdom. Fear not, he fails, good triumphs and all is put back to right.

To see more images of this candy container and to purchase him, go to my Etsy shop here.

Follow this link to last week's Little Lulu post as well as some posts about stage magicians, here, here, here, and here.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Children's Textbooks with Hallowe'en Stories

This spelling textbook was first published in 1930 with a second edition published in 1932. It was published a third time in 1950, so I most likely used this book in grade two. Textbooks were used over a long period of time as this book has a stamp on the inside front cover "LANGFORD SCHOOL" and another stamp with the date "SEP 10 1964".

The illustrations are delightful, they capture a childhood innocence that is not present in the modern day celebration of a holiday that takes place at night.

Karen, a collector friend, gave me this "Happy Holidays" children's reader for Christmas one year. The name is appropriate don't you think?

The title page says...

and other fun days around the year"

By E.C. Reichert
Illustrated by Suzanne Bruce

Rand McNally & Company - Chicago

copyright MCMLIII (1953)

Here is the chapter for Hallowe'en. I will post other chapters during the year as the holiday approaches.

I discovered this pencil drawing on a sheet of newsprint several years ago. I must have been in grade 5 when I drew it. I'm not sure where it turned up, it could have been at my Mum's place when we were tidying some things or it could have been tucked into something here at home. I am so glad that I found it.

I crammed in every image that goes with Hallowe'en that I knew; a split rail fence surrounding a field of corn shocks, a tree... with a face, a ghost, a carved pumpkin... I never called it a Jack-o-Lantern just a carved pumpkin, a black cat that may be on a rock or a pile of leaves, who knows, two bats, a moon, and a witch on a broom.

The New Yorker Magazine, October 30 1989

The New Yorker Magazine always has great illustrations and cartoons. This October 30, 1989 has some great Hallowe'en imagery, enjoy!

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