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Dressed for Thrills: 100 Years of Halloween Costumes and Masquerade Hardcover – October 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810932911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810932913
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.9 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,261,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From a 1930s waxed, painted buckram "Evil Bunny" and a mohair and cotton "Colonial Ladies Wig" from the 1940s to "Buddie Beatnik" and "Rubik's Cube" costumes, this colorful photographic survey by Galembo, a photographer and SUNY professor of art, shows vintage costumes worn by (sometimes rather unhappy looking) young models. Mark Alice Durant, a University of Maryland professor of Visual Arts, offers the accompanying essay, "Glowing Turnips, Pointy Black Hats, & Insomniac Aliens: The Hybrid History of Halloween," showing how we "shape rituals to fit the realities of the moment." The play versions of Groucho Marx, Olive Oyl, astronauts and Lady Liberty among the 123 full-color photos illustrate that principle whimsically and sometimes scarily.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Louise on November 23, 2010
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I actually borrowed this book from the library as part of research on a project. I loved it so much i went on Amazon before i had to return it. Its the perfect reference book for vintage costumes. The photography is beautiful and some of the costumes are just inspiring.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. T. Dexter VINE VOICE on June 25, 2009
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This book is a great look back at some vintage Halloween costumes. They range from late 1800s to early 1980s with more focus being on the pre-1960s eras. The reason is that the photographer collects vintage Halloween costumes from around the country. Creating both a collection and a history of Halloween in America.

The photography is very well done and the photographer even talks about the methods used which is a very interesting way to make the photos unique and almost come alive.

A must see for Halloween devotees interested in costume styles from yesteryear.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. D. Stiskal on September 24, 2005
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This book is filled with wonderful, artistic photos. Galembo's collection thrills anyone interested in costumes and vintage Halloween.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 1, 2003
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If you have ANY feel for Halloween, BUY this book! It is THAT good! It will remind you of your childhood and the magic that flew through the air on Halloween. HIGHLY reccomended!
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This book let me down a bit, but it's still got some great photos of Halloween's bygone era. Would love to have seen more photos.
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This is a handsome book. The photography is wonderful as is the layout and design, but I would love to have seen a lot more material, especially the Ben Cooper and Collegeville costumes of the 60's and 70's. There's a strange kind of multicultural theme in the book and that feels forced, but there was a solid effort in making the book. Glad to include it in my library of curiosities.
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