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Mark B. Ledenbach's vintage Halloween collectibles blog.

Vintage Halloween Fortune Teller Spinner Game

It's great to see such an exceedingly rare item surface on Ebay, especially one in this condition. This Here's Your Fate game was made by Whitney in the 1920s. (Please turn to page 24 to see the game in my third edition.) Measuring 10" h x 7.75" w, this game has been assigned a "1" on my Relative Scarcity Index, which means you may never see another one of these surface for sale. Prior to purchasing the one in the collection about 18 months ago, I had never known this densely detailed game existed. Don't let this item escape your grasp!

New 2014 Third Edition of Vintage Halloween Collectibles Now Available

I would like to announce the publication of my new edition of Vintage Halloween Collectibles! The 2014 third edition represents a thorough revising and a significant expansion of the 2007 second edition. You’ll see 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. This is not an example of simply slapping a new cover over stale material! The great majority of the new items shown have never appeared in any other works profiling a general array of vintage Halloween memorabilia. I have retained those data-rich elements you have come to expect. Each professionally photographed item is fully captioned - including data such as the 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 not only design each page, making the layout more engaging and logical, but also to have him contribute supplemental artwork throughout the book that lends it a fresh look given his distinctive style. You won’t find generic clip art anywhere in this new edition. 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. Both softcover and hardcover versions are now available. Order now! (The attached image of the front cover has a “watermark” of my initials. Don’t worry, these initials don’t appear on the actual cover.) 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 $55. (If you are a California resident, please include an additional 8.25% or provide a valid CA resale number.) Hardcovers have been limited to an edition of 100 copies. (Fewer than 40 are available as of this writing.) 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 are 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 8.25% or provide a valid CA resale number.) I love personal checks or 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 Spread the word to a collecting friend!

I would like to announce the publication of my new edition of Vintage Halloween Collectibles!

The 2014 third edition represents a thorough revising and a significant expansion of the 2007 second edition. You’ll see 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. This is not an example of simply slapping a new cover over stale material! The great majority of the new items shown have never appeared in any other works profiling a general array of vintage Halloween memorabilia.

I have retained those data-rich elements you have come to expect. Each professionally photographed item is fully captioned - including data such as the 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 not only design each page, making the layout more engaging and logical, but also to have him contribute supplemental artwork throughout the book that lends it a fresh look given his distinctive style. You won’t find generic clip art anywhere in this new edition.

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.

Both softcover and hardcover versions are now available. Order now! (The attached image of the front cover has a “watermark” of my initials. Don’t worry, these initials don’t appear on the actual cover.)

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 $55. (If you are a California resident, please include an additional 8.25% or provide a valid CA resale number.)

Hardcovers have been limited to an edition of 100 copies. (Fewer than 40 are available as of this writing.) 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 are 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 8.25% or provide a valid CA resale number.)

I love personal checks or 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

Spread the word to a collecting friend!

Vintage Halloween Skeleton Cardboard Candy Container Marked

Good to see these finally getting the market recognition they deserve. The General Merchandise Company made this set of slot and tab containers. This is one from the complete set of six. (All can be seen on page 54.) G.M. also issued other Halloween-themed slot and tab containers that are far less common yet possess the same sense of odd whimsy seen in their most widely sold set. I have become a fan of their output, so routinely search for their harder-to-find items. (Examples of some of these can be seen on pages 53 and 296.)

Antique Vintage 1920's USA Dennison Halloween Cat Face in Flames Candle Die-Cut

I have always liked this little gem made by Dennison beginning in 1927. (Its smaller companion piece can be seen on page 257.) There is so much to find compelling in its detailing. However, these are hard-to-find, but not impossible to find. Given its poor condition overall, the seller is much too aggressive with the opening price. If you have always coveted this piece, wait for a better example offered at a lower opening price. 

VINTAGE HALLOWEEN HONEYCOMB HAT BLACK OWL MOON JACK O LANTERNS WITCH ESTATE FIND

This is an odd item. The imagery sure looks to be Beistle but there is no evidence they ever designed a band hat with that imagery. (Now, records from that time, early 1920s, are not as complete as they could be, but in consulting the many sources that do exist, I've never seen one with that design.) Interestingly, Beistle at that time took pains to mark everything with at least a Made in U.S.A. mark, but this item does not appear to have even that kind of minimal marking. The grade of the cardboard and the way the honeycomb is designed look absolutely "right" for the assumed time period. I feel this is likely an example of a rogue firm simply exploiting Beistle's artwork and putting out an unlicensed item. Although I don't know that for sure, what I do know is that the design of the item is quite cool. I like how the JOLs pop against the white background. 

Original-vintage ANTIQUE (Germany-?) PAPER ~"HALLOWEEN~Party HAT"!

This result is somewhat surprising. The Germans produced scads of these thin-tissue hats, so many that large quantities survived their journey through nearly 100 years of time. Although this particular design is arguably their best, these typically trade for far less, generally in the $25-35 range. If you look at the bidding history, it may be that the prevailing bidder never expected someone else to bid nearly that high. In fact, if the underbidder hadn't been active, the prevailing bid would have been ~$38, a tad over the high end of the expected price bracket. 

Vintage German Halloween Veggie Man Candy Container - Marked

Alas, yet another fantasy piece in Ebay's vintage category. This ugly little number first began appearing in the mid-1990s. If you are out and about at an antiques show, this will be the container you'll most often find. They were made in high numbers, surprising since it has nothing going for it. Naturally, it has zero collectible value. 

Vintage Dennison Seals Halloween Large Size 20 Complete Monkey ? Stickers Unused

It's interesting what people see in imagery. The seller sees a monkey-like creature riding a mouse. The artist who created this seal design may have been mortified by this observation as he/she meant to show a witch riding a black cat. Dennison's designs were quite different from what had gone before during the period of ~1928-1931. This boxed set is a good example of the type of design Dennison produced during that interval.