Saturday, August 15, 2009

Free Vintage Halloween Scrapbook Embellishment

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This free vintage Halloween card scrapbook embellishment features the lighter, cuter side of Halloween. I'm not certain of the age of the card but if my eyes aren't deceiving me, it was signed by Ellen Hattie Clapsaddle, the most prolific greeting card artist ever. She began painting greeting cards in approximately 1906. I'm not sure when she stopped painting but I know she was incapacitated and admitted to the Peabody Home in 1932. I think she stopped painting years before that, so that places the age of this card sometime between 1906 and let's say 1930.

You can usually tell an Ellen Clapsaddle painting because of the innocence of the subjects. She often painted children, and they always were at their cutest when she wielded her brush. This card is no exception. Instead of ghouls and goblins, witches and bats, Ellen chose to interpret Halloween through this sweet boy carving a happy-looking pumpkin. The text reads:

It's Halloween, when little boys
Are frightened by the slightest noise,
And little girls run off to bed,
And climb in quick, and hide their head.

If you prefer a little tamer view of Halloween, I'm sure you'll find lots of uses for this image on Halloween cards and invitations and, of course, in scrapbooks!

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