A visual tour of Halloween in America during the first half of the 20th century October 28, 2014 – Posted in: Content, In the Stacks, Photography, Special Collections – Tags:

Halloween DPLA 1Children dressed up in costumes for Halloween. from the Daily Reflector (Greenville, N.C.), 1950’s

What better way to wrap up  American Archives month then with a Halloween stroll through the Digital Public Library of America. From turn of the century Hallow’een postcards through photos from the 1950’s we get a taste of Halloween in America during the first half of the 20th century. From the small town to the segregated South to the Japanese American internment camps of WWII Halloween offered an opportunity to shed the daily trials and tribulations and have some fun.


Halloween DPLA 2 A little boy examines a Halloween display of two jack o’lanterns and a scarecrow cutout. Undated. Daily Reflector (Greenville, N.C.)

Halloween DPLA 3Group of children wearing Halloween costumes, ca 1950’s. Daily Reflector (Greenville, N.C.)

Halloween DPLA 4 Memphis, Tennessee, Beale Street, October 1939. by Marion Post Wolcott. NYPL

Halloween DPLA 55. Postcard Hallow’een greeting. 1908

Halloween DPLA 6 Postcard The witch, nd NYPL

Halloween DPLA 7 Central School Halloween Party by Leo J. ‘Scoop’ Leeburn Photographs, 1946 Idaho State Historical Society


Halloween DPLA harvest festivalJapanese American group of evacuees in Halloween costumes and make-up at the Harvest Festival on October 31, 1942 at the Tule Lake Relocation Center in California during World War II

Halloween DPLA 9Dog and cat enjoy Halloween by Leslie Jones [ca. 1940]

Halloween DPLA 10 Kids in Halloween costume by Leslie Jones, 1938

Happy Halloween!

“Halloween” at the Digital Public Library of America

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