This is one of those weird and slightly disturbing vintage anthropomorphic Halloween postcards which are so fun to see.
Published in 1911 in Saxony, the card (no. 914) is titled “All Halloween Greetings”. Above the greeting is pictured an anthropomorphic pumpkin hot air balloon, piloted by a witch in a red costume. Smoke from a bonfire propels the hot air balloon skywards.
Britannic Auctions sold this vintage Halloween postcard at auction for $90. Variations of this design with differing artwork and borders can fetch a bit more at auction depending upon the card’s condition. Very fine examples can fetch closer to $100 at auction.
Anthropomorphic Halloween postcards like this one feature playful, human-like characters in spooky settings, popular in the early 20th century. The prevalence of zeppelins and hot air balloons in 1910s postcards reflects the fascination with aviation during this era, showcasing technological advancements and capturing imaginations amidst a rapidly changing world.
Postcards Produced in Saxony, Germany
During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Saxony, particularly Leipzig, became a hub for the printing industry due to its advanced printing technology, skilled workforce, and favorable economic conditions. The region’s expertise in lithography and color printing made it a prime location for producing high-quality postcards efficiently and cost-effectively.
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