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Flashback gallery: a history of Halloweens

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    Photo by Gordon Chibroski, from the Nov. 1, 1991 Portland Press Herald. Original caption: “Christina Conant, dressed as ‘the bride from hell,’ exchanges vows with Skipper Wing, her werewolf groom, at a Halloween wedding. Looking on is her maid of honor, Sharon Nelmes.”

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    Uncredited photo from the Oct. 27, 1937 Evening Express. Original caption: “Elaine Stevens [of the Longfellow School sub-primary class], just a bit perplexed with all the many Halloween suggestions, decides to study a book on the matter of ‘giving a party.’”

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    An uncredited photo of staff and students at Josephine’s School of Hair Fashions at 449 Forest Avenue, in the Forest Avenue Plaza strip mall. This photo was unused in print, but another photo used in the Oct. 31, 1979 edition of the Portland Evening Express identifies the woman in the center (in curls and freckles) as Leslie Lint.

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    From the Oct. 30, 1967 Portland Press Herald. Photo by Staff photographer Johnson. Mrs. Mariana Rowe, Children’s Librarian, with seven-year-old Jerry Amerigian and eight-year-old Suzanne Modes, both of Sherman Street, at a Halloween party held at the Portland Public Library’s Baxter Building at 619 Congress Street, now the headquarters of the Via Agency.

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    Oct. 31, 1939 Evening Express. Uncredited. Original caption: “Bobby Doherty of Monument Street Kindergarten holds his Jack O-Lantern for all to see. The other masqueraders, at the same school, are Carol Thurman, Elaine Silverman, Jean Black, Billy Gilman, Beatrice Wilson, Ronnie Brett, Dorothy Sullivan, Cecil Wheeler and Betty Ann Peterson.”

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    Uncredited photo from the Oct. 31, 1939 Evening Express. Original caption: “Ugh. What a centerpiece for a party! Youngsters at the Sherman Street Kindergarten know, however, that the eerie skeleton is only William (Billy) DeNeill and that their teacher, Miss Helen C. Sullivan, helped the awesome figure to his elevated position. Celebrating Halloween around the table are Alvin Brown, Susan Brow, Rovert Robinson, Frances Anifant, Everett Robinson, Marilyn Levine, Robert Cook, Paul Kelly, Joyce Fuller, Roberta Singer, Jane Larsen, Alice Savage, Stanley Welch, Shirley Welch, Janette Shatz, Gerald Hegesty, Judith Smith, William Troubh, Sondra Caston and Norma Smith.”

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