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Halloween 1953

Okay, I took anita_margarita's challenge and did a Google Image search on the word "Halloween", and the year of my birth, which is 1953.

The results were less cute, and generally wierder than what 1956 turned up!  I even got some advertisements from Halloween, 1953.



















































































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anita_margarita
Oct. 16th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
OK, yes, you win. Those are really strange. Though I think in the fourth one, it's the flash that makes some of those masks even more bizarre.

And those ads are VERY strange. The phallic nose on that witch mask? Those pumpkins bra cups?

That stuff would probably not be run today. The internet is a strange and wondrous place.
majorjune
Oct. 16th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
I think in the fourth one, it's the flash that makes some of those masks even more bizarre.

Yes, the flash doesn't help, but even the masks that show detail are rather creepy.

And then you have the next photo: Halloween 1953, sponsored at your local grammar school by Old Gold Cigarettes! ;-)

The phallic nose on that witch mask?

Not to mention the outright phallicism of the Weeny Witch! LOL

And I absolutely adored Betsy McCall when I was little! But why did they give her a Klu Klux Klan hood as part of her Halloween repetoire in 1953? =:-o
aurora77
Oct. 19th, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
Ooh, this is fun! Definitely some creepy and odd masks in there. And the cigarettes? Are those kids dressed as giant cigarette boxes, or just props?
majorjune
Oct. 19th, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
And the cigarettes? Are those kids dressed as giant cigarette boxes, or just props?

Hard to tell.

I do remember dancing Old Gold Cigarette cartons as live ads on such 1950s TV shows like Milton Berle, so perhaps they ARE costumes.

But even if they're "just" props, one has to wonder about the adult mindset that didn't question the appropriateness of such a prop for an event/activity that was obviously aimed at elementary school children.
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