Fourteen Halloween Witches, ca. 1910
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.