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Halloween
Halloween
TitleHalloween
DescriptionHalloween Postcard
Historical ArticleThe little boy in a romper suit looks out on a full Halloween moon and a witch astride a broom in this 1909 post card. A jack-o'-lantern is lighted by tallow candlelight.

Children of that era made tick-tacks from empty spools, notched at both ends and wound with an arm's length of string. A short stick pushed loosely through the holes of the spool made a handle for the noisemaker which was held against the window while the string was pulled.

Trick and treat and collecting for UNICEF had not yet been dreamed of, but young goblins made the rounds, holding up jack-o'-lanterns to windows and operating the tick-tacks. By the time a startled homeowner could rush to the door, the children would have vanished.

Kansas City Times
October 30, 1971
AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
LocationSC58
Local SubjectHalloween
Holidays
Digital FormatJPEG
Barcode20000179
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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