The Beach & Arthur Update: William Hamilton Arthur Descendants Decry Events Surrounding Lois Arthur’s Untimely Death.

The Beach & Arthur Update: William Hamilton Arthur Descendants Decry Events Surrounding Lois Arthur’s Untimely Death.

William Hamilton Arthur’s maternal granddaughter, Sherri O’Donnell (Joanne “Joanie” Arthur’s daughter) and paternal grandson Bruce Arthur (William Hamilton Arthur Jr.’s son) came forward to denounce the rumors and innuendoes that have perpetually swirled around Lois Arthur’s death including the chain of events leading up to that tragic day as well as quelling the lingering questions […]

To Be Continued: Beach & Arthur’s Untimely and Tragic Ending

To Be Continued: Beach & Arthur’s Untimely and Tragic Ending

We were contacted by William Hamilton Arthur’s maternal granddaughter late September 2015 regarding our post, ‘Beach & Arthur’s Untimely and Tragic Ending’. She was elated with the article and our interest in her Grandfather’s company. The Arthur descendants were also eager to share additional commentary as well as setting the record straight regarding a few historical facts. […]

Cat and JOL Boys & Girls Hand in Hand against Fence, Germany, 1935

Cat and JOL Boys & Girls Hand in Hand against Fence, Germany, 1935

This diecut has eluded me since the inception of my collecting interest in vintage Halloween collectible memorabilia. A fragmented remnant (the JOL boy against fence) surfaced in the early part of this century piquing my curiosity and likewise what was to become my unrelenting quest to discover what, exactly, was the entire perspective. I was fortunate […]

NOMA’s Decorative Hollowe’en Outfit No. 77

NOMA’s Decorative Hollowe’en Outfit No. 77

The NOMA Decorative Halloween Outfit. This ultra-rare all original set, including its elusive original box, comes complete with seven orange, exterior painted, General Electric, MAZDA trademarked, intermediate base lamps, original black and orange cloth-covered lighting strand having seven bakelite sockets and plug, seven celluloid JOLs with shiny black noses, eyes and mouths, with white gleaming […]

Beach & Arthur’s Untimely and Tragic Ending 

Beach & Arthur’s Untimely and Tragic Ending 

Was the dissolution of the Beach & Arthur Company due to Lois Arthur’s untimely and tragic suicide which husband William Arthur never fully recovered?   The Beach and Arthur Paper Company was a paper mill founded in 1926 in Paperville (now known as Modena), Chester County, Pennsylvania. The two partners were Richard White Beach (1896-1981) and William Hamilton Arthur (1894-1947). Both […]

So much more within your reach

So much more within your reach

  Get the most out of our website by exploring the many pages within Vintage Halloween Collector .com. Simply click on the menu icon, located in the upper right-hand corner of your screen, to view additional pages throughout the site. Our latest  addition, located under ‘Buy’,  is titled ‘Wanted’. The ‘Wanted’ page not only alerts you to […]

A Bold New Look

A Bold New Look

   We’re excited to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website presenting a fresh new look for our readers. Get ready for bold design changes crafted with layout re-configurations improving the overall navigation, functionality and aesthetic of our website. We’re getting ready to flick the switch and unveil our ‘new look’ factoring usability and search engine readiness into our […]

FULL COURT PRESS: 2015 Collectibles Dispersal Cancelled

FULL COURT PRESS: 2015 Collectibles Dispersal Cancelled

It’s with deep regret that we announce the cancellation of our Phase II vintage Halloween collectibles dispersal originally slated for September of this year. We’ve been presented with exciting alternative avenues and are currently exploring options which would greatly benefit all vintage Halloween enthusiasts by further expanding the boundaries of knowledge available to collectors on all levels. Our […]

Meet Johnny Pumpkin Head – The Brownie

Meet Johnny Pumpkin Head – The Brownie

  Beistle designed and issued a multitude of brownies, influenced by the fairy-like sprites originated by Canadian author and illustrator Palmer Cox in the late 1800’s, comprising the curiously compelling Johnny Pumpkin Head family beginning in 1919. Here is verbiage taken directly from their 1923 catalog: “Johnny Pumpkin Head – A grotesque brownie with an abnormally large pumpkin […]

Collecting 101: Condition, Condition, Condition

Collecting 101: Condition, Condition, Condition

  “Condition Isn’t Everything- It’s the Only Thing.” -Vince Lombardi   Vince Lombardi was of course talking about football, but vintage Halloween collectors could incorporate his famous quote in their own game plan. The single most important factor in valuing collectibles is condition. Most items found in mint or near-mint condition command a much higher price than […]