Friday, January 2, 2015

Forever After...

Vintage pumpkin-head ghost crawls over fence in the night illustrating a poem


May all the bats and ghosts and frights
Bring jolly fun and laughter
And fill your day with such delights
You'll smile forever after!

Here's an incredible vision - of another pumpkin-headed spirit at the fence (see also Beware! The Gatekeeper). This is a vintage Hallowe'en card posted by Alan Mays on Flickr (originally posted on Ipernity: A Halloween Wish). Would love to know more details on this item which is stated as being a single-sided greeting card from the 1920's-1930's. Will this smiling spook be as friendly once it climbs to the other side of the fence? 

Check out the meticulous details of this illustration. The landscape above the fence reminds me of Seattle where you see 1930s brick tudor style architecture in neighborhoods of extremely tall Douglas Firs silhouetted in the skyline. The fence alone has me stunned, with the glowing highlights at top, the visible knots and nail-heads, and orange light seeping into blue shadows along the bottom edge.

Do you know any more about this image? The manufacturer? Or the artist? It makes me think of works by George Carlson for John Martin's Book, or Hazel Frazee for Child Life Magazine.

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