Holiday illustrations by Ellen H. Clapsaddle are among my favorites. They often feature cute, fresh-faced children interacting with icons of the holiday. In this example, we have a cute little boy carving a pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern. Clapsaddle was one of the many artists who were illustrating postcards in the early part of the 20th Century. Clapsaddle’s work has become a favorite of vintage postcard collectors as well as mixed media artists looking for bright and vivid holiday images to incorporate into their own work.
The Merry Halloween card also includes a cute little poem…
It’s halloween when little boys
Are frightened by the slightest noise,
And little girls run off to bed
And climb in quick, and hide their head.
This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.