Thursday, August 27, 2015

Autre Temps, Autre Moeurs

   "This rare find comes from the heart of Ohio.  Made in  Toledo, Ohio in the early 1900s  this parade lantern is a rare find. Going door to door for treats did not take hold in the United States until the 1930s or later, but Halloween pranks began much earlier, at the same time as the first costumes. Perhaps outfits from that period were stark and ghoulish because they were designed not for a party, but for parading through the neighborhood with scary shenanigans. Composed of two molded half spheres with cutout features and painted highlights, this guy has green painted features and features its original wire bale that attaches it to its original parade pole. Even rarer is the fact that this little fellow has his original candle cup!!  It looks like he was originally painted shades of yellow and does show some scorching as he must have been used at some point. Sure, I would let MY child parade around town with a flowing ghost costume and an open flame, why not???  But that's the way they did it back in the day!!  This one is approx 7-1/2" tall, 6" in diameter and 11-1/2" to the top of his bale. The original stick is 18" long."

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