Fourteen Halloween Witches, ca. 1910

[Halloween group photo]

This century-old Halloween party photo is in pretty poor condition but—as I was told by the seller—”this is exactly how I found this photo in the attic of a Boston Mass. estate.” There are twenty-six adults, with all the women dressed as witches. It would be neat if this were thirteen couples, but there are fourteen women and twelve men.

It is a pretty average mix of Boston citizens ca. 1910. You wouldn’t expect all the women to be uniformly pretty, any more than you would expect all the men to be uniformly handsome, but the important thing is that none of the women are trying to look like hags. They are all young, fresh-faced, seemingly-happy and a few of them are quite pretty. So—as a Halloween treat—I am going to do a monster post with pictures of them all. But I will start with my two favourites, and then give you the rest.

To make life easier when I was doing all the scans I numbered the guests in the photo. The women/witches are numbers 2, 4, 5, 7; 9, 11, 12, 13; 18, 20; 22, 23, 24, 25. Despite my care in numbering, I managed to miss no. 12 and 13 for detailed scans and, since I still don’t have my scanner working again, I can only offer a small image for these two.

[Halloween group photo, with numbers]
[party-goer no. 2 (witch no. 1)]
[party-goer no. 4 (witch no. 2)]
[party-goer no. 5 (witch no. 3)]
[party-goer no. 7 (witch no. 4)]
[party-goer no. 9 (witch no. 5)]
[party-goer no. 11 (witch no. 6)]
[party-goer nos. 12 and 13 (witches no. 7 and 8)]
[party-goer no. 18 (witch no. 9)]
[party-goer no. 20 (witch no. 10)]
[party-goer no. 22 (witch no. 11)]
[party-goer no. 23 (witch no. 12)]
[party-goer no. 24 (witch no. 13)]
[party-goer no. 25 (witch no. 14)]

4 Responses to “Fourteen Halloween Witches, ca. 1910”

  1. What a fantastic picture. But, let’s face it. It’s party goer no. 25, witch number 14, that steals the show. WOW! What is she batting her date with? A small hand broom? A fan? And check out that bling on her arms. Oh and did I mention her hat? What the hell is that on her hat? A dancing cat? A satyr?

    I think this is one of the most interesting pictures to date. There is so much mystery in this picture. And romance. And sexual tension. And innocence.

    Love, love, love this picture.

  2. Grumpy Pumpkin Says:

    I like witch # 9. While everyone else is concentrating on getting their picture taken, she’s concentrating on her male friend. That smile looks like she’s thinking about something that has happend, or is about to.

  3. There’s nothing to say that there WEREN’T thirteen couples. Boston, even in 1910, had its share of lesbians.

  4. redwitch1 Says:

    Quite right, Boston had its share of lesbians in 1910. I don’t know how many of them were openly lesbian in 1910, but it is possible two were immortalised here, but which two?

    RW

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