WHEN IT COMES TO antique Halloween postcards the cat is the animal that really holds the limelight (for obvious reasons).
However, look around and you will discover a few dogs being pursued, harassed and troubled by Jack-o’-lanterns, witches and the ubiquitous black cat.
It is most probable that the earliest exploitation of Halloween in American began in the 20th century with Halloween postcards. These reached their heyday between 1905 and 1915 and featured hundreds of different designs. Dogs are not as common as more obvious themes but they can frequently be found.
Dennison Manufacturing Company, which published its first Halloween catalog in 1909, and the Beistle Company, were pioneers in commercially made Halloween decorations, particularly die-cut paper items. A number of German manufacturers specialized in Halloween figurines that were exported to America in the period between the two world wars.
Halloween images with dogs can be a great addition to any dog ephemera collection. And if you are not a collector why not buy one and use the image wherever you need a Halloween graphic. They make great fronts for invitations and cards.
If you are simply buying an antique Halloween postcard for the image or illustration you need not be as concerned about the card’s condition as it is very easy to scan the image and clean any blemishes with basic photo manipulation software. Accepting a less-than-mint condition postcard can make your quest a little easier, and cheaper. Be warned … the Halloween collecting niche is vibrant and the rarity of our friend the dog as part of a postcard illustration can bump up the price.