Yesterday, I re-posted a 2010 entry of mine with Clara Bow in a host of Halloween-themed promotional pictures. Recently I found another from the set, and it inadvertently started off a lengthy search for Halloween props reused repeatedly in pictures over the years:
That mask and the pumpkins from the set I posted yesterday were also used in a series of pics with Nancy Carroll:
Another popular set of props originated with promotionals for I Married A Witch (1942):
Those pumpkins show up all over the place:
And three with Ann Miller, taken at least a decade after the Veronica Lake film:
In this one, Ann is posed with the same striped cat that was in the Elaine Stewart picture I posted earlier this month.
Speaking of cats, Ava Gardner and June Knight have the same one, painted differently, and I think the same broom with a different rein:
This all started a few days ago when Thomas, in comments of that Elaine Stewart post, brought up the hilarious cats that show up in these Halloween cheesecake pics. I went searching for a specific photo I was looking for and found these two, which have the same wiry black thing shaped vaguely like a cat:
And finally, right back where we began, with Clara Bow and those freakish cats I went looking for in the first place:
Got deja vu? This is a post of mine from 2010 that I imported from the old blog, specifically to go with tomorrow’s Halloween Cheesecake post.
Also, commenting seems to be broken on the blog! I have gotten a couple of comments I haven’t replied to yet because of this. I hope to have the comments fixed (and by “fixed” I mean “just going back to the WordPress default”) by Tuesday morning.
Over the years, I have collected a bunch of Halloween themed pictures, and was a bit irked at myself when I realized I didn’t have a specific set I was looking for. Years ago, someone on a now-abandoned LiveJournal had posted starlets in Halloween cheesecake pics, but several pics of different starlets used the same props — a large moon and a fuzzy black cat, if I recall. Despite getting lost in Google images for a week, I didn’t find those photos, but I did discover I had a whole series of Clara Bow pictures with the same crazy thing goin’ on:
In a cute little checkered short-all outfit and some depressed ghosts:
Same pumpkin, now in a black teddy:
Same Halloween background, new enormous pumpkin, and yet another outfit:
In a search for more pictures, within minutes I found this article from a 1927 magazine:
Esther Ralston with the same huge pumpkin and background. Check out the witch and the pumpkin’s eyes: Esther had her picture flipped horizontally. And whatever happened to that pumpkin? Sold at auction? Pilfered by a prop girl?
I think it’s safe to say the studio got their money’s worth out of these fine Halloween-based purchases.
Das Unheimliche Buch, 1914, binding by Karl Ebert and edited by Felix Schloemp. Available on archive.org here.