October 31, 2009

Saturday Snapshots – special Halloween edition! {October 31, 2009}


Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen, voices whisper in the trees, “Tonight is Halloween!” ~ Dexter Kozen



{A festively clad group of adult party-goers celebrate the night away, decked out in a varied assortment of great costumes – everything from a criminal to Robin Hood, a Spanish senorita to a street performer. They really look like a fun bunch, don’t you think?}



{Yikes! Are they robots? Aliens? A hybrid of both? Whatever these 1950s Halloween celebrators were, they sure looked like they were having a blast in their homemade cardboard box costumes!}



{A young lad beams with pride as he kneels down behind a grinning jack-o-lantern, which the viewer can’t help but think he must have carved himself, in this great shot from 1948.}



{Two adorable youngsters don Dutch folk costumes as their Halloween attire in this lovely colour photo from 1952 (note the sleek black Hudson car behind them).}



{A group of kids sport a diverse assortment of costumes ranging from Donald Duck to Superman in this festively joyful colour photograph from 1958.}



{A pair of young ladies takes a break – perhaps from a party or school dance – to rest on the grass in their respective clown/pierrot and gypsy costumes, sometime during the late 40s or early 50s.}



{There is something veering on the eerie side about this photo of a lone little girl, her face masked, clutching a grimacing jack-o-lantern as she sits atop a large pile of harvest pumpkins, that makes it the perfect kind of vintage shot for All Hallows Eve!}



{One look at this prettily posed image from 1937 and it’s hard not to fall in love with it – and all of the college gals’ terrific Halloween costumes.}



{A duo of masked characters, emulating popular 1950s childhood heroes like Zorro and the Lone Ranger, beam bright smiles at the camera as they clutch their loot bags full of candy.}



{Four attractive young ladies gather in their festive finest for a newspaper photo that covered the story behind the “Halloween Slick Chick Beauty Contest”, which was being held, circa 1947, in Anaheim, California. I think I like the witch, complete with her pointy hat and straw broom the best, which one is of these lovely gals is your favourite?}

{All images above are from Flickr. To learn more about a specific image, please click on it to be taken to its respective Flickr page.}


In general I like to keep the nature of this post entirely random - or, in other words, I try to feature photos that do not share a specific theme among them. However, it is a rare occurrence to have Halloween fall on a Saturday and as such thought it would be wonderfully fun to fill this week’s Snapshot post with a trove of vintage images showing everyday folks, just like you and I, celebrating the once-a-year magic that is Halloween!

Joyful, spooky, fantastic wishes to you each for a truly marvelous Halloween, my friends!

25 comments:

  1. Aww what an adorable collection of images! Hope you have a fabulous Halloween doll!

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  2. That picture of the girl sitting amongst the pumpkins is definitely spooky! I also agree, the witch in the last one is the best and she's my favorite :-)

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  3. Oh just fantastic photo's, I love the last one of the gorgeous girls and am totally smitten by the Hudson.

    Happy Halloween,
    xxx

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  4. Super fun Halloween pics. Wish I could be a kid again :)

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  5. These are great. Thanks so much for sharing them.
    -Andi x

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  6. What amazing photo finds! I just love the one of the little boy in the Columbus shirt with the pumpkin! Adorable!

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  7. Love, love, love vintage Halloween photos! Thanks :)

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  8. I love the Halloween Slick Chick Beauty Contest!

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  9. These are awesome pics, I love the robots!

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  10. I recieved your sweet letter and thank you soo much. I am so happy to find out more about you and all you like. I truly feel, I've found a friend and thank you for that. I love your picts today.. It reminds me of my brother and I trick or treating in 1967-68.. he was a vampire and boy did he look great. Thanks for always prompting a good memory for me.. have a good day.. and super big hugs today!!

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  11. Hey there. Hope you've had a great weekend. I wanted to let you know that I've given your blog an award on the latest post on my Dino Lounge blog. I hope you like it. I love your blog. Cheers!

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  12. These were great! I love the girl dressed as Mighty mouse in her jean skirt and red leggings!

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  13. Wow, I love the woman on the porch and the very last photo of the four beautiful ladies! Gorgeous! I hope you had a wonderful halloween!

    <3 Gina

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  14. I think vintage halloween is so fantastic, I love all of these photos!! ...and I agree, I like the witch! :)

    Baci xoxo
    Rachel

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  15. I love these photos Jessica! My favorite is of course the gorgeous ladies at the beauty pageant in witch costumes. Thanks so much for taking the time to respond to all my posts. You are so sweet! I love your blog and always use you and your success as a blogger as my example. Thanks again friend. Kori xoxo

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  16. Great pics. I love seeing all of the costumes and especially the children looking so excited for Halloween. I hope yours was fantastic!

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  17. Such great photos, Happy Halloween! x

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  18. I love the last one, so vintage! Hope you had a Happy Halloween :)

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  19. i came a cross that photo of the little girl sitting atop the pumpkins a few weeks ago on Flickr and have had nightmares about it ever since. yikes!

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  20. Thank you deeply, everyone, for your marvelous comments on these delightful vintage Halloween shots. It was a joy to put this post together, digging around Flickr for a trove of "spooky" old school images to share with you.

    I hope that you each had a magically fantastic Halloween and that November will be an awesome month for you all!!!

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

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  21. As usual, what an INCREDIBLE group of pictures you've found! I'm a little freaked out by the girl on top of the pumpkins (like, does she have a face under that scary mask?), but I just love the homemade kids costumes in some of the other pictures. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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  22. You're so sweet, thank you very much for you comment, Kristen dear. I agree, it does feel like that little girl is faceless under her spooky mask :O

    I hope you're having a wonderful Monday, honey!

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

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