Halloween Collectibles

Collectors revel in Halloweens past

San Jose Mercury News
By Steven Wayne Yvaska
Article Launched: 10/27/2007

“Eventually, I did get my mother’s collection. I soon found out some of her decorations were pre-1930 and came from Germany and Japan, once the major U.S. suppliers of Halloween party goods. It appeared that our family treasures had become “collectible” in their own way.

I’ve got a feeling deep down in my bones that fellow devotees of snarling ebony cats, broom-flying witches and grinning jack-o’-lanterns will be thrilled with the newly published “Vintage Halloween Collectibles: An Identification and Price Guide,” second edition, by Mark B. Ledenbach (Krause Publications, 254 pp., $27.99).”

… Think about rounding up a batch of 1950s and ’60s-era cardboard cutouts made by notable firms such as Dennison. Other paper products like individual treat bags or greeting cards by Rustcraft and Norcross are also a good bet. You might wish to collect molded hard plastic lollipop and candy corn holders sold in five-and-dime stores across the United States after World War II.”

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