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2014 Third Edition of Vintage Halloween Collectibles Now Available!

I am thrilled that the publication of my new edition of Vintage Halloween Collectibleshas been so well received!  The 2014 third edition represents a thorough revising and a significant expansion of the seven year old second edition. It contains nearly 550 new photographs showing over 600 new items, all in full color. The page count has increased by nearly 50, with each and every of the third edition’s 301 pages freshly designed and laid out. (This is not an example of an author simply slapping a new cover over stale material.) The great majority of the new items shown have never appeared in other books on vintage Halloween.  If you enjoy the amazing creativity, the rich design elements and the history of Halloween collectibles as so many of us do –  you will love browsing the pages and viewing the thousands of items that may bring back warm memories of your own holidays past. If you are an advanced enthusiast seeking information about the rarest of the rare, you will find many items you most-likely have never seen before. The research scholarship contained within this third edition of Vintage Halloween Collectibles greatly expands the boundaries of knowledge available to collectors, making this enhanced reference work a must-have addition to the libraries of collectors at all levels.  I have retained those data-rich elements you have come to expect from my years of collecting, researching and writing about the incredible memorabilia related to this fun holiday. Each professionally photographed item is fully captioned - including data such as where the item was made, which company made it, when it was made, manufacturing marks, measurements to the nearest 1/4 inch, a Relative Scarcity Index number, a current market value and additional notes on reproduction alerts, item iterations and other informative data. I have worked hard to greatly expand the specificity of the captioning with virtually every item attributed to a specific manufacturer.  I was fortunate to have Matthew Kirscht, a New Orleans-based fine artist with an international reputation for Halloween-themed artwork, not only design each page, making the layout more engaging and logical, but also to have him contribute customized, supplemental artwork throughout the book that lends it a fresh look given his distinctive style. (You may know Matthew by his business name, Shiverbones.) You won’t find generic clip-art anywhere in this new edition.  Both softcover and hardcover versions are now available. Order now! (The images all have a “watermark” of my initials. Don’t worry - these initials don’t appear on the actual cover or pages.) Softcover Edition Signed softcovers are $45, which includes domestic Media Rate shipping. Alternatively, if you’d like your softcover copy sent via domestic Priority Mail, the cost is $54. (If you are a California resident, please include an additional 8% or provide a valid CA resale number.) While supplies last, I am including a copy of the 2007 second edition with all softcover orders, so order now.  Limited Edition Hardcover and Kirscht Postcard A hardcover version of the book is available, although hardcovers were limited to an edition of only 100 copies. (Less than 40 are now available for sale.) Each hardcover copy will be hand signed and numbered by me and will include a postcard drawn by Matthew Kirscht, hand signed and numbered by him, commemorating his involvement with the book. (The title of the postcard is The Deadline.) The postcards were also limited to an edition of 100. The number of the book and the number of the postcard sent will match and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Hardcovers are $125 which includes domestic Priority Mail shipping. When they’re gone, they’re gone for good. (If you are a California resident, please include an additional 8% or provide a valid CA resale number.) How to Order I love personal checks and money orders, but if you wish to use Paypal, please do so without a fee, or simply add 3.25% to your total order to compensate for an unavoidable fee. Checks and money orders can be sent to my mailing address below; Paypal transfers to the email address listed below. Mark B. Ledenbach P.O. Box 2421 Orangevale, CA 95662 marlede@sbcglobal.net I am so grateful for the positive book reviews I have received from collectors at all levels from around the world. I hope you enjoy Vintage Halloween Collectibles as much as I have enjoyed creating it! Spread the word to fellow collectors! 

I am thrilled that the publication of my new edition of Vintage Halloween Collectibleshas been so well received! 

The 2014 third edition represents a thorough revising and a significant expansion of the seven year old second edition. It contains nearly 550 new photographs showing over 600 new items, all in full color. The page count has increased by nearly 50, with each and every of the third edition’s 301 pages freshly designed and laid out. (This is not an example of an author simply slapping a new cover over stale material.) The great majority of the new items shown have never appeared in other books on vintage Halloween. 

If you enjoy the amazing creativity, the rich design elements and the history of Halloween collectibles as so many of us do –  you will love browsing the pages and viewing the thousands of items that may bring back warm memories of your own holidays past. If you are an advanced enthusiast seeking information about the rarest of the rare, you will find many items you most-likely have never seen before.

The research scholarship contained within this third edition of Vintage Halloween Collectibles greatly expands the boundaries of knowledge available to collectors, making this enhanced reference work a must-have addition to the libraries of collectors at all levels. 

I have retained those data-rich elements you have come to expect from my years of collecting, researching and writing about the incredible memorabilia related to this fun holiday. Each professionally photographed item is fully captioned - including data such as where the item was made, which company made it, when it was made, manufacturing marks, measurements to the nearest 1/4 inch, a Relative Scarcity Index number, a current market value and additional notes on reproduction alerts, item iterations and other informative data. I have worked hard to greatly expand the specificity of the captioning with virtually every item attributed to a specific manufacturer. 

I was fortunate to have Matthew Kirscht, a New Orleans-based fine artist with an international reputation for Halloween-themed artwork, not only design each page, making the layout more engaging and logical, but also to have him contribute customized, supplemental artwork throughout the book that lends it a fresh look given his distinctive style. (You may know Matthew by his business name, Shiverbones.) You won’t find generic clip-art anywhere in this new edition. 

Both softcover and hardcover versions are now available. Order now! (The images all have a “watermark” of my initials. Don’t worry - these initials don’t appear on the actual cover or pages.)

Softcover Edition

Signed softcovers are $45, which includes domestic Media Rate shipping. Alternatively, if you’d like your softcover copy sent via domestic Priority Mail, the cost is $54. (If you are a California resident, please include an additional 8% or provide a valid CA resale number.) While supplies last, I am including a copy of the 2007 second edition with all softcover orders, so order now. 

Limited Edition Hardcover and Kirscht Postcard

A hardcover version of the book is available, although hardcovers were limited to an edition of only 100 copies. (Less than 40 are now available for sale.) Each hardcover copy will be hand signed and numbered by me and will include a postcard drawn by Matthew Kirscht, hand signed and numbered by him, commemorating his involvement with the book. (The title of the postcard is The Deadline.) The postcards were also limited to an edition of 100. The number of the book and the number of the postcard sent will match and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Hardcovers are $125 which includes domestic Priority Mail shipping. When they’re gone, they’re gone for good. (If you are a California resident, please include an additional 8% or provide a valid CA resale number.)

How to Order

I love personal checks and money orders, but if you wish to use Paypal, please do so without a fee, or simply add 3.25% to your total order to compensate for an unavoidable fee. Checks and money orders can be sent to my mailing address below; Paypal transfers to the email address listed below.

Mark B. Ledenbach
P.O. Box 2421
Orangevale, CA 95662
marlede@sbcglobal.net

I am so grateful for the positive book reviews I have received from collectors at all levels from around the world. I hope you enjoy Vintage Halloween Collectibles as much as I have enjoyed creating it!

Spread the word to fellow collectors! 

Vintage Beistle Squirrel and Owl Die-cut, Rare Foil Embossed Halloween, USA

Beistle made a set of twelve diecuts beginning in 1932 and continuing through the early 1950s. Each was made very early in the run with this unusual color variation, rather than the more common versions with their coloration heavily represented with green. These early iterations are hard to find. The seller, different from so many on Ebay these days, actually has a reasonable opening price, so this may be a good time to acquire one of this variants for your collection. 

Vintage Halloween Attic Find

I wish I would have seen this lot offered at the extremely low BIN price of $159. Kudos to the fast mover. The two shades intrigue me. They look like Whitney, but I haven't seen other shades manufactured by Whitney, so they are surely Gibson. 

"VINTAGE HALLOWEEN CREPE PAPER~OWL HOLDS SMILING JOL IN HIS CLAW~1930 DENNISON"

Crepe paper has been a hot sub-genre over the last few years. With designs like the one this fine seller offered, I can see why! One superb way to display crepe designs is to frame them. My good friends, Tammy and Barry, will have several eye-catching crepe paper designs framed and ready to sell at the American Folk Art Festival at the Madonna Estate Winery in Napa, CA on Saturday, September 6th from 10-3. There will be several people selling an assortment of vintage Halloween: Bobbie Lasky, Kimberlee Edgar, the aforementioned Tammy and Barry, as well as yours truly. (I have quite a lot of great vintage items I'll be selling, plus copies of my new book - so come on by!) 

Antique 1920-30s German Painted Paper Mache DEVIL Head Halloween Candy Container

This is one of the better known fantasy pieces out there. The poor seller, in his description, sounds so excited to have found FOUR ALL AT ONCE! The person who sold them to him was probably happy to unload them. These began appearing in about 1995 and have wormed their way into many, many collections. (I see it taking up space in a distressingly high percentage of collections to which I am lucky to have access.) I, myself was fooled. A holiday dealer in business back then was Jenny Tarrant. She sold me one then refused to refund my money. That was a valuable lesson on several levels. Deal only with sellers who will guarantee authenticity forever. In any event, this is a purely decorative item with zero collectible value. Don't be fooled. 

VINTAGE METAL HALLOWEEN TAMBOURINE - PAPER HEAD - BLACK CATS AND WITCH

This result didn't make sense to me until I looked at the bidding history. These typically trade for around $200. This tambourine would have ended around $175 if it hadn't been for one determined bidder who skyrocketed the price to the maximum the underbidder was prepared to pay in extremis! I don't see this as a sustainable price - but that is the joy of Ebay. It is a true crap shoot. The seller has to be completely delighted. 

Very rare Halloween - Pumpkin head and the death playing with the devil

This is a cool item with an interesting concept, but it is not a vintage piece. The two heads are patterned after two of a set of eight well-known fantasy lanterns that were first imported from Germany in the 1990s. The Germans did not celebrate Halloween until relatively recently, so everything made from pre-WWI through the 1960s was made for export. Nothing was kept, so when a dealer tells you that something was found in a warehouse in what was East Germany, or some such tall tale, simply laugh in their face and scuttle away.