Halloween in America: A Collector's Guide with Prices

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Halloween is quickly becoming the most popular holiday in America. Next to Christmas, more money is spent on Halloween decorations than on any other holiday. The holiday has taken on a non-religious tone and is now being celebrated longer and by a greater number of people. It is growing in prominence overseas as well. Most people are familiar with the symbols of Halloween-- Ghosts, Jack O'lanterns, Witches, Bats, Skeletons and Black Cats-- but few know about Halloween's past. Why does it exist? What is the origin...
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New in New jacket Book **NEW** Halloween is quickly becoming the most popular holiday in America. Next to Christmas, more money is spent on Halloween decorations and novelties ... than on any other holiday. This wonderful book has been credited with inspiring the Halloween collecting craze, giving its devotees a chance to celebrate the holiday all year round! In addition to color photography and a brand new price guide, there is also a lot of fascinating insight into Halloween. Most people are familiar with the symbols--Ghosts, Jack O'lanterns, Witches, Bats, Skeletons and Black Cats--but few know about Halloween's past. Why does it exist? What is the origin of trick-or-treating? Why does it fall on October 31st? Through these pages you will experience Halloween celebrations of the past, and take a look at Halloween today. For collectors, this is a treasure trove of memorabilia, the largest ever published. It is illustrated in beautiful color and includes newly updated prices for reference. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Halloween is quickly becoming the most popular holiday in America. Next to Christmas, more money is spent on Halloween decorations than on any other holiday. The holiday has taken on a non-religious tone and is now being celebrated longer and by a greater number of people. It is growing in prominence overseas as well. Most people are familiar with the symbols of Halloween-- Ghosts, Jack O'lanterns, Witches, Bats, Skeletons and Black Cats-- but few know about Halloween's past. Why does it exist? What is the origin of trick-or-treating? Why does it fall on October 31st. Through these pages you will experience Halloween celebrations of the past, and take a look at Halloween today. For collectors this is a treasure trove of memorabilia, the largest ever published. It is illustrated in beautiful color and includes prices for reference.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887407079
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Series: Schiffer Books for Collectors Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.55 (w) x 10.99 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

    Good Resource Book, Lacking in American Halloween Collectibles

    I just received my book and am somewhat disappointed. While every page has color photos of memorabilia, a majority of the items are from Germany and dated from 1910 to 1920's. Some aren't even "Halloween." There are photos of Postcards, Jack-O-Lanterns and decorations but most of those are from Germany. Some items were in such bad shape, they shouldn't have been included. I know we had more American-made Halloween items during the 40's and 50's, but they're sparse in this book. I just wish we had more of that in a book entitled "Halloween in America." They were our real treasures! Okay, those are the gripes. The book does have beautiful color photographs and is a good resource book if you want to buy vintage or even reproduction Halloween collectibles. Many American companies are now doing wonderful reproductions and I collect those, plus a few hand-made here in the USA. The photos help to identify some old items, especially Jack-O-Lanterns. The price guides are arguable because interests change. There are more reproductions that look identical to the originals, with the "antiqued" look, coming on the market. And they're affordable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2007

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    This book is a large formatted work, withclear, abundant color photos. Historicalfacts may be arguable regarding certainorigins of Halloween, still they areinteresting and could lead to further study.My hesitation in giving the book five starsis that most of the photos are of productsfrom the 1920's, and I would rather see morefrom the 1940's and 1950's. Nevertheless,this is worth having.

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