1913 John Winsch “Mask Set” Halloween Postcards, Complete Set

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We sold this item at auction for $1,476
 in March 2022.

This complete “Mask Set” collection of four vintage Halloween postcards published by John Winsch and printed in Germany. Britannic Auctions sold this collection at online auction for $1,476.

All of these postcards are in excellent condition, which contributes to their high value at auction.

John Winsch Postcards

John O. Winsch was a prolific producer of postcards during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Operating his printing company from New York City, Winsch became renowned for his high-quality chromolithographic postcards. His designs covered a wide range of subjects, from holidays and celebrations to landscapes and everyday scenes.

Winsch’s postcards were characterized by their vibrant colors, intricate details, and often whimsical imagery. His work contributed significantly to the popularity of postcards as a form of communication and collectible art during the early 20th century.

The postcards in this set include:

  • “Halloween Gambols!” shows a clown and witch jumping rope with green goblins.
  • “Halloween Surprises!” shows one clown scaring another with a giant jack in the box.
  • “Halloween Faces!” shows a little girl in a white dress and multicolored Halloween masks.
  • “Halloween Faces!” shows a woman in a jack o’lantern costume holding a candle illuminating Halloween masks.

Halloween Postcard Art by Samuel Schmucker

The artwork on these cards was done by Samuel Schmucker, a famous name in vintage Halloween postcards.

Schumucker, a prominent postcard illustrator active during the early 20th century, gained renown for his distinctive Halloween designs. Working primarily between the 1910s and 1930s, Schumucker’s illustrations featured iconic symbols of the Halloween, including black cats, witches, and haunted houses.

His meticulous attention to detail and vibrant color palette set his work apart, making his postcards highly sought after by collectors. Schumucker’s contributions to the genre left a lasting legacy, influencing subsequent generations of Halloween artists and cementing his place in the history of holiday-themed illustration.

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