This auction featured a set of four vintage Halloween postcards, each showcasing artwork by Samuel Schmucker and published by John Winsch. These postcards, preserved in very good condition, present a delightful array of Halloween-themed scenes.
This group was sold by Britannic Auctions for $1,353 in March 2022, reflecting the enduring popularity and collector’s appeal of these types of vintage postcards.
Specific Postcard Designs
The Samuel Schmucker artwork pictured on these postcards was reused in other variations. This particular set is rather uncommon, being a “white on white” color scheme.
- “Halloween Greetings”: This postcard features a depiction of a woman in a red dress kicking her leg up while perched atop a jack o’lantern, accompanied by a black cat and bat.
- “The Hallowe’en Witch’s Wand”: In this postcard, a she-devil and green elves emerge from a pumpkin, invoking the enchanting allure of Halloween folklore and mythology.
- “A Hallowe’en Morning”: Set against the backdrop of a moonlit sky, this postcard portrays a mummer sitting in a tree surrounded by owls.
- “A Halloween Wish”: This charming postcard features a young woman wearing a gown cozying up to an anthropomorphic pumpkin man. Postmarked on October 30, the evening before Halloween, this card exudes warmth and whimsy, conveying heartfelt sentiments of holiday cheer.
The Artist Behind the Postcards: Samuel Schmucker
Samuel L. Schmucker (1879–1921) was a notable American illustrator known for his contributions to the field of postcard design during the early 20th century.
Collaborating extensively with publisher John O. Winsch, Schmucker’s artwork adorned numerous postcards, particularly those featuring holiday themes such as Halloween.
Schmucker’s Halloween-themed postcards, created in the early 1900s, remain among his most celebrated works.
These postcards featured imaginative scenes of Halloween festivities, including costumed revelers, spooky creatures, and traditional symbols such as jack-o’-lanterns and witches. Schmucker’s skillful use of color and composition brought these scenes to life and earned him acclaim.
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