Vintage Halloween Postcards

Black Cats, Veggie People, Witches, Pumpkins and Goblins

Vintage Halloween postcards are a fun and affordable Halloween collectible. 

These visual gems can be found at a variety of places including antique stores, estate sales,  and on EBay. We hope you will enjoy a few fun facts about them!

The History of the Halloween Card~

Ebay listing for three vintage Halloween Cards
Halloween postcards were first printed in the mid-1800's. Most cards were printed between the late 1800s and the 1920s in countries like England, the United States, and Germany.

The most highly collected Halloween postcards were published by John O. Winsch of New York  sometime between the years of 1911 and 1915. Beautifully embossed with rich colors, Winsch  sent his cards to Germany to be printed. Rare and highly prized postcards are signed by the artists. 

With a nod to Halloween's Pagan holiday roots, many collectible cards feature anthropomorphic veggie men and pumpkin heads.
Halloween Veggie Men

A great majority of cards also depict fall scenes which draws a direct comparison between the modern holiday and its roots in agriculture.

As the holiday evolved over the years, more themes eventually established themselves in Halloween cards, costumes and decorations. Masks and spooky costumes began to gain popularity as children set out to frighten away the ghoulish spirits rumored to wander the streets on Halloween night. Soon after, trick-or-treating became customary, and some of the earliest Halloween cards were inscribed with the phrase, "Trick-or-Treat!"

Today, original Halloween cards have become classic collectors items. Cards can be picked up for as little as $2 and $3 each at thrift stores and estate sales. Highly prized Halloween postcards can be purchased on Ebay with bids sometimes exceeding $300.

Although these delightful Halloween postcards have been replaced with modern greeting cards, Halloween still remains one of the largest card sending occasions in America with approximately
30 million Halloween cards sent each year.

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 An example of a collection from All Hallow's Art Fest vendor Paper Fabric Glitter