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Halloween—Woman with Bowl and Jack-o'-Lanterns

Halloween—Woman with Bowl and Jack-o'-Lanterns
"Hallowe'en. HBG." Printed on back: "2215. Printed in Germany."

A Halloween postcard illustrated by H. B. Griggs. Other cards in Griggs' 2215 series of postcards show women who are holding a candle and mirror, bobbing for an apple on a string, or tossing an apple peel over a shoulder. Each of those other postcards depict traditional Halloween fortune-telling activities or games intended to reveal the identity of a future husband.

I haven't, however, been able to figure out what the woman on this postcard is doing. She appears to be holding her hand over a bowl as steam or smoke rises from it, but I haven't uncovered any descriptions of similar Halloween practices.

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