Found In The Archives

Calling All Costumes: Dig Up Your Old Halloween Photos!

A group of children in cylinder costumes? Possibly for Halloween or a play in Oakley, Kans., 1907

A group of children in cylinder costumes? Possibly for Halloween or a play in Oakley, Kans., 1907

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Halloween is in the near future, so we are looking to the distant past. And we want your help.

When Americans hide behind a mask, anything can happen. We're looking for the wide array of Halloween costumes that have been preserved in old photos: The most delightful, offensive, organically surreal and highly original costumes in history.

Click here to upload your archival photos of Halloween costumes (or anything else Halloween-related) from your own collection. We'll post a selection of them just before Halloween. Here are a few from various archives to get you started.

Children in the San Francisco Bay area, 1968

Children in the San Francisco Bay area, 1968

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John F. Kennedy and Halloween visitors to the Oval Office, 1963

John F. Kennedy and Halloween visitors to the Oval Office, 1963

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Found in the Archives, a Picture Show miniseries, features archival films and found images selected by researcher Rich Remsberg.

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