Mark B. Ledenbach's vintage Halloween collectibles blog.

Vintage Beistle Halloween Die Cut Cat Decoration.

I returned yesterday from a quick trip to southern California. One of the many activities during the trip was visiting the home of this fine seller. He specializes in figural advertising but dabbles some in Halloween. I had the opportunity to personally examine this smiling Skairo diecut made by Beistle in 1931. Aside from some raised paper at some of the fingertips, the diecut is amazingly bright and free of most of the issues that plague these very large diecuts. If one wasn't already part of the collection I would have endeavored to snap it up that evening. If you've been looking for one, you'll be hard pressed to find a better example. 

10/25 Update: This great item brought $461.89. 

Vtg 1920s German Halloween Jointed Skeleton Die Cut Pressed Paper Embossed VG+

Given how hot German diecut skeletons have been lately, I feel this is worthy of being scooped up immediately. The photos show a skeleton in better condition than stated by the seller. For $150 and free shipping, if you don't already own this smallest of the three manufactured sizes, buy it now. 

08/24 Within minutes of this post, a faithful reader scooped up this great item at a reasonable price - reasonable given how hot this sub-genre has been of late.