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Details about  2 Vintage Hallowe'en Jack o' Lanterns, F.N. Burt 1930s & Neon Choir Boy 1950s

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2 Vintage Hallowe'en Jack o' Lanterns, F.N. Burt 1930s & Neon Choir Boy 1950s
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Jul 31, 2012
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US $77.99
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Item location:
Lancaster, PA, United States


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Last updated on  Jul 28, 2012 08:39:08 PDT  View all revisions
Haunted House

Welcome Fellow Vintage and Antique Hallowe'en and Paper Ephemera Enthusiasts!


The black cats nap, the skeletons rest.

Ghouls and goblins – they don’t care.

But as our friends know quite well,

All year long we love to SCARE!


Many of you know us as longtime collectors and sellers of vintage and antique Hallowe'en memorabilia, antique dolls, old toys, and lovely old china and glassware. It’s only a little over three months until our favorite holiday! For your all-year-long Hallowe'en loving pleasure, we are HAUNTINGly happy to present two FRIGHTfully fabulous Jack o' Lantern decorations – one of which was made in the 1930s by F.N. Burt and the other was made in the 1950s and was produced in the choir-boy style with neon paint.


The super-SPOOKY-cool F.N. Burt lantern retains his original insert and his friend, the choir boy, has his original price on the underside that was written in grease pencil. This lantern originally sold for a whopping 59 cents in those great old five-and-ten-cent stores such as Woolworths and Kresges!


Please meet Stan and Ollie! Stan is the smaller lantern and was made in Buffalo, NY in the 1930s. He retains his original paper facial features and what appears to be his original wire bale handle as well. Made from pressed paper pulp, or what many people refer to as egg crate material or paper / papier mache, Stan proudly smiles in his anticipation of the upcoming All Hallows' Eve holiday. He was painted in a bright shade of orange and his paper insert is in colors of bright pink, bright yellow, bluish green, creamy white and black. He measures 5 ½” high (6 ½” to the top of his handle) x 6” wide x 5 ½” deep.


His longtime friend, Ollie, is American-made and dates from the 1950s. He is a large lantern and is in the “choir boy” design. His super-bright orange paint is in bright, neon orange which was rather experimental back in the day, and he also sports handsome, black eyebrows. In the 1950s and 1960s, neon colors were all the rage. Some Jack o' Lanterns that were made in the USA during this period were painted using these bright colors. Ollie is called “choir boy” because he is singing in celebration of All Hallows' Eve. As stated earlier, he has his original price on the underside. We believe that Ollie was once a battery-operated lantern since he has the ridge on his top that would have accommodated the cardboard battery holder. He also has two holes for a wire handle but he has none. He measures 7 ½” high x 8” wide x 6 ½” deep. While we do occasionally see neon orange smaller lanterns, this is the first time we have ever seen a large choir boy with its original neon paint. He does not have a paper insert; however we see no evidence that he ever had one. Not all pulp lanterns had inserts!


The exact condition for these two lanterns is as follows: Stan (the F.N. Burt lantern) is in VERY FINE condition for his age. However, a portion of his bottom was removed and a vintage cardboard disk has been added. His paper insert has a few tears to the mouth only. This is a very fragile early paper insert and it is in remarkable condition for its age. There is a short crack on one side and a tiny dent at his front upper rim. There is also a droplet of what appears to be old candle wax at one side. We LOVE to see this! Interesting to note is that old lanterns such as these two were often lit using real wax candles. YIKES!!!


Ollie, the choir boy, has some rubs to his paint, which only add to his SPOOKtacular Hallowe'en charm! There is an area of discoloration on the underside, and a tiny hole at his very center – which we believe probably occurred when he was made.


F.N. Burt is known for making superb holiday pulp items such as decorations for Hallowe'en, Easter and Christmas. F.N. Burt was the largest manufacturer of small paper boxes in the world, churning out upwards of four million boxes a day. The company made one particularly groundbreaking move in 1909 when it hired a female, Mary R. Cass, to be general manager of the plant – at a time when she was forbidden to vote in national elections and women were unknown in leadership positions at American factories. The fabulous Mary Cass, who almost single-handedly led the transformation of the small printing company to a manufacturing interest of world significance, was for the next twenty-five years one of the country’s leading business executives.


These two JOLs, who are buddies and should stay together, would make MAGICally magnificent additions to a vintage Hallowe'en collection or as showy decorations for the home!


Please remember Ziz’s motto: Eat, Drink and Be Scary!


No BONES about it, we have SCARED up a great deal for true Halloween DIE-hards! There is no reserve on this item and a DEVILishly low starting bid so everyone will have a GHOST of a chance. Thank you for reading our desCRYPTion. Enjoy!


WE LOVE OUR BIDDERS! We are thankful for you every day. Please check out our other auctions including SUPER-RARE Vintage Halloween Mini Black Cat Diecut, 5” High, Germany, 1920s, 106 Antique Postcards All with Purple & Violet Flowers, Holiday Cards in Album, 83 Antique Postcards Butterflies, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Greetings and Holiday, 99 Antique Holiday Postcards: Christmas, New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, & More, 4 Vintage Fenton Art Glass Blue Opalescent Hobnail, 1 Button-&-Daisy, 1940-61, 2 Vintage Crackle Glass Miniature Pitchers Amberina Tangerine Pilgrim / Unknown, RARE Vintage Fenton Art Glass Amethyst & Milk Hen on Nest Candy Dish, MINT, 2 Blue Vintage Crackle Glass Mini Pitchers & 1 Mini Basket with Label PRETTY!, Gorgeous Antique Unmarked RS Prussia Porcelain Mustard Pot with Lid Germany MINT.


We charge actual shipping costs with no handling fees. We’ll ship this pair for $12.00 Priority Mail insured in the continental United States. The shipping costs for this item are an estimate and may be more or less depending on your location.  However, if the actual shipping costs are less, we WILL refund the difference. We pack with tender loving care, and love to combine shipping. We’re also happy to arrange for free pick-up if you can come to Lancaster PA.


Please pay within 3 days of end of auction. We'll ship within 3 business days of receipt of payment. Pennsylvania residents pay 6% sales tax. While we prefer to ship to the United States only, we will ship overseas to interested collectors – but will need to quote actual shipping costs at the end of the auction. We also cannot predict other fees such as tariffs or duty taxes for each country. 


We wish you much luck,

And lots of good cheer.

May the spirits be friendly,

Who haunt you this year!


Happy All Hallows’ Eve 2012!



On Jul-28-12 at 08:39:08 PDT, seller added the following information:

A new collecting friend asked and yes! the neon paint was also called flourescent orange or "day glow". Welcome to our fun hobby! :)


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