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VINTAGE HALLOWEEN CARDS
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LOVE and ROMANCE

These cards show off one of the more bizarre Halloween customs I've ever heard of.  Apparently single women were encouraged to pray to a flame, either from a candle or a Jack O'Lantern, then look in the mirror to see their future husband.  If they were lucky, an overly neat foppish gent would appear, but if not, a grinning pumpkin would be there instead.  This odd practice didn't last for long, but it gave way to the time honored tradition of men looking at the mirror on their shoe to see what their future brides would look like.

This card spells out the recipe for catching a man.  "With a goose wishbone and four pumpkin seeds marked with letters love, On Halloween place over door...and he who first passes under, your future husband is to be - if he don't blunder."  Many people don't realize that this is how Melanie Griffith was able to overcome her fading beauty and snare Antonio Banderas.

CUTE LI'L KIDS

Here's just some nice cards with sweet kids enjoying Halloween.  I don't know what they say about the early 1900s in particular, but it seems obvious that parents used to carve Jack O'Lantern baby sitters to watch their children when they went out.

ack O'Lantern featured a carved out turnip.  During this harvest time of year, many vegetables were celebrated prominently including onions, cabbage, and several people from Southern Maryland.

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