Now, for something that I've decided that I HAVE to collect...
The Dennision Bogie Book series ran from 1909 (NO, I WAS NOT BORN YET THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!) to the mid 1930's. These were basically idea book/catalogs featuring the Dennison line of holiday decorations. This is the one that I bought from Amazon. Now my review:
This is a glimpse back into history when Hallowe'en was for adults and not children, the days before it was associated with the gore genre. The illustrations (and they are lavishly illustrated) show elaborately decorated rooms for parties, that could be done with Dennison's crepe paper and paper decorations. The costumes, well, let's say we've come a long way baby, they looked kind of goofy but they might have been the height of haute couture back then. Charming but goofy.
The bad news is that the 10 cents price tag has gone up...considerably. If you get your sights on an original Bogie Book for less than 100.00, then you're lucky. Fortunately, there are high quality reprints out there (the route I took) for 12.00 to 14.00. Yes, they're worth it. A fanatic of Hallowe'en should have at least one of these on their shelves to see where we came from and what out ancestors did (at least the rich ones, all the people in these books look well off) to celebrate the most fun night of the year.
Some vintage photos from the interwebs (not from the Dennison books)...Please visit the blogs, I happened up on them and they're great!
|This one scares the %$#@ out of me! (via Halloween Monster Party)|
|This SHOULD be a LOL Cat saying 'I iz skard fur life' (via Johnny Cupcakes, a really cool blog and store!)|
|SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET (via Ethics Soup)|
|All I can say is WTF?! (Via Ethics Soup)|