Historic Hearse Jack-O’-Lantern

By Emily Beliveau, Digital Project Assistant

This year, our museum pumpkin is inspired by the History Hall funeral parlour display — it’s a jack-o’-lantern hearse, complete with casket and occupant. The styling was based on a horse-drawn hearse on display at the museum, a late-1800s model that was used in Dungannon,  as shown in the photo below.

This is a picture of the hearse M950.1459.001. The men in it are Robert Bowers, the driver and William Sproul, the undertaker and owner of the hearse, in Dungannon, Ont.

Horse-drawn hearse with Robert Bowers, driver, (left) and William Sproul, undertaker, (right) in Dungannon, Ont. in the late 1880s. Photograph by J. W. Trussler, Object ID 1950.1459.039. You can see this hearse in person in the History Hall gallery at the Huron County Museum.



Happy Halloween

By Emily Beliveau, Digital Project Assistant

Halloween postcard

Happy Halloween! Behold this postcard image from our collection featuring pumpkin-headed melon people cutting a cake to mark the day. Every year, I marvel at this image and wish that vegetable people were still a common Halloween motif. The postcard itself was sent on October 31, 1908 from Helen to Mrs. G. H. Green in Goderich, and is part of a series of Hallowe’en postcards by British publisher Raphael Tuck & Sons. These kinds of postcard images were very common during the postcard boom of the late 1800s and early 1900s, and if you’re looking for more, check out some additional examples from the Toronto Public Library’s Halloween postcard collection.