Beach & Arthur Paper Co.’s Innovative Artists Bring Bold Design to Market in 1938

Beach & Arthur Paper Co.’s Innovative Artists Bring Bold Design to Market in 1938

  The Beach & Arthur Paper Co., of Indianapolis, Indiana, made some of the most coveted party plates so how better to kick-off the season by introducing one of their most obscure designs produced for two seasons only. Beach & Arthur conjured up paper party products with imagination and this design is certainly without exception paying homage to All Hallow’s Eve pumpkin […]

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 […]

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 […]

Offering a limited array of superbly rare items for sale exclusively on our website.

Offering a limited array of superbly rare items for sale exclusively on our website.

Making a purchase is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3 Click the slide-out menu icon located in the upper right-hand corner of this page and select “Buy”. Choose the item or items you wish to purchase. Click the “Pay with PayPal” button. We offer a wide variety of payment options for your convenience including Personal Check, […]