Sunday, January 23, 2011

Life Magazine Halloween "Kitty Kitty" Deco Flapper Cover (1926, repro)

Tuck's Half Mask (circa 1890s, London)

"Antique Tuck's Half-Mask. Kathleen Mavourneen for Halloween or other costume.

Maker: Raphael Tuck & Sons, Raphael House, London, Publishers to their Majesties. No. 19

Material: Cardboard and twine/cording.

Features: Pliable cardboard meant to go around the face and tie in the back although due to age more brittle than when created. Best used for display. Bright lithograph. Original eye-holes extended. Purchased in europe.

Clothing: Kathleen is wearing a green scarf with shamrocks adorning her sandy blond/brown hair.

Height: 7.5 inches (18 cm) height x 12 inches (30.5 cm) width approximately width not including ties.

Age: 1890s.

Condition: This one is used. Probably worn then put away. Worn much later, since there is cellophane tape holding a two inch tear at bridge of nose. Creases where the mask bends around face and one tie. Soil under right eye. Still very good condition.

Postcard: Children with Jack-O-Lanterns (postmarked 1913)

Antique Cast Iron Black Cat Andirons with Glass Eyes (Howes)

"This set of antique andirons were recently purchased from a Nashville family who said the came from Marty Robbins Home. Their father had done work for Marty Robbins and they had no reason to make this up. I regretted not getting a letter from the family, but there was much grieving and seemed inappropriate at the time.

"These spooky, but handsome, Cats stand 17" tall. Howes #3007. Old Black paint with light surface rust. Green round glass eyes. Complete and fully functional. Easy to imagine viewing fire's flames through these eyes."

Black Americana "Boogie-Man" Postcard (1909)

Sepia postcard.

When The Twilight's Fallin'
And The Stars Is Peepin' Out
When The Night Begins
That's The Time Our Mammy Says
The Boogie-Man's About
And The Gobelins "


Addressed to Mrs. George Sweet,
Wilkinsonville, Mass.
Postmarked Worcester, Mass.