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Vintage Halloween

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As we harvest our pumpkins and begin to fully enjoy the fall beauty of chrysanthemums and colored leaves, I thought it would be fun to share some Halloween images of the past. All are from Wikimedia Commons. The featured photo of the baby (unidentified) sleeping in a pumpkin is a 1906 lantern slide from the National Library of Australia.

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This photo, showing three boys carving pumpkins, is from 1917 and came from the Library of Congress.

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The well-known Canadian photographer Conrad Poirier took this shot of Barbara, Pauline, and Dorthy Luck looking out on a spooky scene in 1940. With the permission and cooperation of Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec and Wikimedia Canada under the Poirier Project.

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These two boys are from the Book of Halloween, 1919, by Ruth Edna Kelley. Titled “No Hallowe’en without a Jack-o’-Lantern.” (So true!)

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An 1890 image from a student Halloween party at the University of Southern California. That’s a LOT of pumpkin carving!

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This sweet toddler comes from the California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960. Scratched on the pumpkin is the year “1901,” the pumpkin’s weight of “230#,” and “Raised by J.J. Teague.”

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This photo came from a collection from the Waterdown Public School, Waterdown, Ontario, Canada. It’s from 1928. I’m not quite sure if it’s a teacher or a student, but I like her outfit! By UNK photographer: uploaded by WayneRay.

HAPPY (almost) HALLOWEEN!

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Sandra Knauf is the one-woman-show behind Greenwoman Publishing. Her books include the six-volume series Greenwoman (compilations of literary garden writing and art), her young adult fantasy novel, Zera and the Green Man, and an anthology of sexy gardening stories that she says is the feminist gardener answer to Fifty Shades of GreyFifty Shades of Green. She was a 2008-09 featured “Colorado Voices” columnist for The Denver Post and her humorous essays have appeared nationally in GreenPrints and MaryJanesFarm. She has also been a guest commentator on KRCC’s (NPR’s southern Colorado affiliate) “Western Skies” radio show. Sandra lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with her family, dogs, huge urban garden, and lots of books.

 

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The Gardening/Game of Thrones Connection (NSFW . . . sort of)

A little birdy (okay, Zora) alerted me to this connection last week after she visited her college friends in Boulder over Halloween.

(Zora dressed up as Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones.)

Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons on Game of Thrones.

Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons on Game of Thrones.

Zora as glamorous Mother of Dragons.

Zora as glamorous Mother of Dragons.

Apparently, not a lot of the young people in Boulder are familiar with Game of Thrones but one friend also loves the show. He showed Zora a Playboy interview with Peter Dinklage, who plays the character everyone loves most, Tyrion Lannister. 

Peter Dinklage in Playboy

That’s where she learned of the gardening connection. In the  20-questions-style interview  Dinklage was asked a rather gross question:

“There’s a video on YouTube called “Peter Dinklage Gets So Much P—y,” in which two guys discuss how much you’ve been getting laid since Game of Thrones. They estimate your sexual activity has increased 600 percent in the last few years. Does that sound about right?”

Dinklage (who is married and has a young daughter) responds: “It depends. By ‘p—y’ do they mean actual p—y? Or is it a metaphor, like for gardening? Because if that’s the case, then yes, I’ve been doing a lot of gardening lately. If they mean sex, they might be getting me confused with somebody else. But if p—y means wearing old-man sweaters and watering my herb garden, then absolutely, I’m getting so much p—y.”

Ahh, the wit!

I tried to find more information on Dinklage’s gardening, but, alas, interviewers are not asking him more on that subject. I did, however, find this fantastic interview in New York Times Magazine.

–Sandra Knauf

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