Wishing you a Happy Halloween with two scari-licious vintage postcards! Old Halloween cards are relatively rare, as compared to cards sent at Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthday and other holidays.
“The Salem Witch” is a linen postcard featuring a scary witch with her familiars — a soaring bat and the witch’s passenger on her broom, a black cat with arched back and puffy tail — flying across the sky above Salem, Massachusetts.
There’s no writing on the back, but it calls for a one-cent stamp, which would help to date it. The card was published by the Curt Teich company, and according to one source is circa 1915 to 1930.
The other card has a message: “Hear the seething cauldron’s din; Throw your strongest potions in — Swiftly bring my love, unseen, Unto me this Hallowe’en!” A brew of some kind of love spell boils in the cauldron over a blazing fire, and three ravens fly across a full moon. Little grinning pumpkin faces parade across the top.
“Mrs K” of Vallejo sent it to Mr. D. Tunney of San Rafael on October 30th 1917.
Have a wonderful Halloween everyone!