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A Starry Halloween

If Hallowe’en’s a starry night
You’ll see the Gobelins in flight
Perched on their black Bat aeroplanes
They flit about the weather vanes!

I’m not sure if this vintage postcard includes a typo, or an antiquated spelling of “goblin.” In modern English, a “goblin” is an evil and mischievous, somewhat gnome-like, creature. A “Gobelin” is a type of tapestry named for a family of French dyers who produced the artful textile.

The gal in the postcard looks pretty comfortable with the creatures, so maybe she’s one of the Gobelin family…she does have a nicely dyed sash.

Vintage Halloween Postcard

Halloween Signs

“If with one puff you blow out the light,
‘Tis a sign you’ll marry this year;
If with two, or three your chance is slight,
and if more, give it up for the night.”

After reviewing dozens of vintage Halloween postcards, I can say that a common theme is one of marriage, or at least hoping for marriage…somewhat desperately if you ask me. In this case, it’s a young witch puffing the magic candlestick wishing for a fine young wizard with which to pair. Good luck witchy, I hope you extinguish the flame with one breath.

Vintage Halloween Postcard

Charms of the Witching Hour

Ya know, when I was a kid I was really fearful of the “witching hour.” I wasn’t quite sure what it was, but my assumption was that it involved the inside of my closet coming to life with horrors in the middle of the night, which is why I always triple-checked that my closet door was tightly shut before I went to sleep.

But if I had been familiar with this vintage Halloween postcard, I might not have been so worried. Observe the rather pleasant, or at least non-gruesome, elements: Jolly full moon/jack-o-lantern; cheerful rosy-cheeked old woman (presumably a witch) riding a hobby horse/broom (or is it a hobby kangaroo?); bundles of hay; and a playful white cat. These images seem like the antitheses of traditional Halloween icons.

The only aspect that remains somewhat true to the holiday’s horrific heritage are the black bats, but even they seem far from menacing. So enjoy this postcard. Absorb it into your psyche. And sleep better knowing the closet is filled with not-so-bad things after all.

Vintage Halloween Postcard