Ellen Clapsaddle Halloween Postcard, Mechanical Black Americana, Series #1236

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We sold this item at auction for $276
 in March, 2022.

A “Jolly” Vintage Halloween Postcard

Titled “A Jolly Halloween”, this vintage Halloween postcard dates to circa 1910. It is a “mechanical” card, meaning that the postcard has a movement or function to it. In this case, the little African American boy hides his face with a big jack o’lantern, and when his arm is moved, his smiling face is revealed. From series #1236.

The beautiful artwork was done by artist Ellen Clapsaddle, a major name in antique postcards. Clapsaddle created very similar artwork of other children for this particular mechanical postcard series as well.

Crossover Collectible Postcard Themes

Vintage collectible postcards encompass lots of different themes, from scenic views to holiday greetings. Certain themes, like Halloween and Black Americana, can hold particular value due to their cultural significance and historical context. These crossover themes often attract postcard collectors interested in both the holiday and the portrayal of various cultures, enhancing the cards’ appeal and value at auction.

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