Jack-o'-lantern ghosts riding black cats across an early evening sky sprinkled with stars. A witch rides her broomstick across the face of a smiling full moon. This nicely embossed postcard was printed by the Samson Brothers, a New York publishing firm active from 1909 to 1919. Great Uncle Charles received this card from Katherine, an admirer who mailed it from Camden, New Jersey, in 1911.
Boris Karloff (1887-1969) was an English actor best remembered for his roles in horror films. His appearance as Frankenstein in the 1931 version of the story thrust him into stardom. It was a character he would portray often for the next thirty years. He did have a softer side: readers may remember him as the voice of the Grinch in the 1966 television production, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Other may recall his #1 hit song from 1962: