30s Witch on a Paper Plate
This small (152mm or 6 inch) late 30s or early 40s Halloween paper plate, with pleated and scalloped edges, features a witch on a broom flying over the roofs of a cosy little fairy-tale village with colourful roof tops and lots of trees.
The witch wears a 40s-style blouse and skirt with high-heeled shoes, black belt, a tall black hat and short cape. (A bit like the outfit on this 50s witch, but with a skirt instead of shorts.) Her hissing cat is perched on the end of her broom.
In the upper left corner is a smiling moon with red cheeks and one winking eye. Bats are approaching from the left, and golden yellow stars sprinkle the edge of the plate, which has a pale blue background.
It is a gorgeous Halloween party plate but, unfortunately, there isn’t any indication of who made it!
[UPDATE 14 Feb 2011: I don't know why I didn't notice it earlier, but this plate is very similar to the five paper plates listed by Mark Ledenbach in his Vintage Halloween Collectibles: An Identification & Price Guide, 2nd ed. (227), 238–39, which are all described as "USA, Beach & Arthur, Inc. of Indianapolis, Indiana, 1930s." So, there is my answer!]