The History of the Halloween Card

Halloween traditions and customs started centuries ago and is an interesting journey to what Halloween means today. Enjoy looking through the ages at some vintage Halloween postcards and cards.

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History of the Halloween Card

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.

A wide array of postcards were printed by a company called Raphael Tuck and Sons .Raphael Tuck & Sons were proudly known to be the Publishers to Her Majesties the King and Queen, with printing houses in London, Paris and New York.

The postcards from the company were exemplified by American artists. The cards were printed in Europe and later on shipped back to the United States.

WITCH, CALDRON, ELVES ~ JACK O LANTERN BORDER

Early Postcard from the 1900's

The first Halloween card was made in America in 1908, however, Halloween cards didn't become popular until the 1930s.

Early Postcard from the 1930's

Today, the symbols of pumpkins, witches and ghouls are among some of the most popular Halloween card themes, a great majority of cards 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, but modern designs featuring the same themes remain popular as well. Year after year, the act of sending Halloween cards has grown in popularity with adults and children alike, with Americans exchanging approximately 30 million Halloween cards each year which makes Halloween the 8th largest card-sending occasion..


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