The dream of time travel has been achieved with the spectral photographs presented in this book, a collection of anonymous Hallowe’en. Ossian Brown has compiled a number of anonymous photographs depicting this in the book “Haunted Air” (), dating between and. Ossian Brown was a member of the dark, magical electronic music photos, dating between and , as collected in Haunted Air, with.

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Haunted Air: Anonymous Halloween photographs from c. 1875–1955

Literally that’s all ya gotta do when you’re dealing with history that showcases racist attitudes of that time period. There is just something about these old photographs of people in homemade Halloween costumes that ups the creep factor to about Dec 27, karen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Each of these photographs tells a story. Like the music of Coil and Cyclobe the latter of which Ossian is a founding member of these photos open up sleeping corners of the brain and awaken collective memory.

Return to Book Page. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This set of black and white and sepia pictures from the late 19th to the first half of the 20th centuries is a collection of images of American children and adults dressed for Halloween. Most of the costumes that kids wear now are culled from a lexicon of cartoons and hollywood movies. As a bonus treat David Lynch he knows weird gaunted an all-caps intro, so there’s that. To look osaian these photos is to take a walk into the past, down blue highways into the heartlands of what Harry Smith has called the “old weird America.

Recycled Thoughts from a Retro Gamer. People wore the masks they did and gathered together to celebrate, as a way of grinning back haunteed death, as a way of looking into the darkness with a smile, to reaffirm on one wild night their place among the living. The book itself is dedicated to Jhon Balance.


To ask other readers questions about Haunted Airplease sign up. We shouldn’t condone these racist attitudes or behaviors, but we also cannot deny that they ossiam in the first place”.

It might be wrong to say I “read” this, as out of pages there are only about 5 with text. Branded in the 80s.

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Nov 12, Wesley rated it really liked it. The costumes are quite often the stuff of nightmares and the collection could easily be the costume designer’s notes for any number of modern horror vrown serial killer movies.

The text – what there is of it – is useless. Want to Read saving…. I might have nightmares tonight and that’s just fine with me.

In his historic note at the end of the book Ossian writes, “Fleeing Ireland’s Great Famine ofmany thousands crossed the Atlantic to Grown. The haunted tradition they carried with them would quickly take root and flourish in the fertile soil of the New World. It features jaunted, vintage Halloween photos, dating between and collected by Ossian Brown, a British musician and artist.

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Haunted Air: Anonymous Halloween photographs from c. – by Ossian Brown

A number of these photos show the potential for rural mischief. Anyw Dude, who the hell is this Geoff Cox guy? This assemblage of photos portraying kids and adults dressed oswian as ghosts, witches, scarecrows, skeletons, animals, monsters, and stranger inexplicable beings shows unequivocally the thin line between life and death, reverence and revelry the day is known for.

Anonymous Halloween photographs from c. View all 66 comments. Great review on NPR blog: The blank masks and homemade pap Haunted and haunting. It looked super creepy and I was not disappointed. And the black and white pictures sure help: I know, how can I say I’ve “read” a book when there’s no text?


There is an otherworldly and distant world living between the covers of this book that gives the pictures the ability to startle us as we turn the pages. That’s not to say that most of it was pre-bought – a lot of it is simply stuff like a large paper bag with a face drawn on it. All information in this article were sourced from Beautiful Decay.

Trivia About Haunted Air: I suspect a lot of these people — especially in the early shots — didn’t have a lot of stuff laying around to make costumes with. This is a must-own by Halloween lovers. Alohatiki rated it really liked it Dec 18, Oct 18, Josh rated it it was amazing Shelves: I mean, hats off to the person Ossian Brown who found and collected all these old snapshots of kids and adults wearing Halloween costumes some of which are indeed creepy, thanks to their handmade qualitybut this book is not as rich, not as outre, not as special as its packaging and presentation would lead you to believe.

Oct 27, Jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves: We Are the Mutants. Apr 26, Hank Stuever rated it it was ok. Creepy, but also filled with charming little things. Let your loved one pick the gift of their dreams. There is no context for these images, which piques my curiousity. Dec 13, Rich Rosell rated it it was amazing.