Grand-Guignol Theatre Posters (36 Images)

Grand Guignol Theatre Posters
Grand Guignol Theatre Posters Grand Guignol Theatre Posters

The savage yet seductive posters from the infamous Grand-Guignol Theatre that specialized in naturalistic horror shows.

Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol (The Theatre of the Big Puppet) – known as the Grand Guignol – was a theatre in the Pigalle area of Paris (at 20 bis, rue Chaptal (fr)). From its opening in 1897 until its closing in 1962, it specialized in naturalistic horror shows. Its name is often used as a general term for graphic, amoral horror entertainment, a genre popular from Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre (for instance Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, and Webster's The Duchess of Malfi and The White Devil), to today's splatter films.

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Pulp Covers

Pulp Covers
Pulp Covers Pulp Covers

I take whiskey straight, women curvy and murder in stride.

Here at Pulp Covers, we are always looking for new and better covers to post. Do you have an interesting, lurid, or just awesome cover that I haven’t posted? Do you have a better copy than I do? A slightly different edition? Send it in!
In: Art, Erotic, Vintage

Circuses and Sideshows

Circuses and Sideshows
Circuses and Sideshows Circuses and Sideshows

Preserving the history of the American circus, it's people, stories and traditions.

When patrons go to a circus they come away with visions of performers, spangles, spotlights, and the smell of popcorn, but there is much more to a circus. There are people. People from many backgrounds, nations, religions, and customs. We are a multi-cultural society all working together to put on a circus performance.

Think about the many skills necessary to move a circus. It takes managers, performers, musicians, concessionaires, mechanics, electricians, welders, wardrobe makers, cooks and the list goes on and on.

This web site is intended to be about Circus People, the people that for many generations have made the circus an American tradition. The individuals and families who have devoted their lives to the circus.

On this site we will attempt to introduce you to these people. You will learn about the acts they did, the circuses and sideshows they operated, the triumphs they achieved and the hardships and tragedy they endured.
In: Sideshow, Vintage

Vintage Halloween Mask Buttons

Vintage Halloween Mask Buttons

Do you remember those ads? You know, the ones in the back of comics that you wished you had the $1.79 to buy a latex monster mask and scare the neighbors with. Back then there was no way your parents would lend you that kind of scratch and who had time for a paper route?

Well here's your chance to relive that lost adolescent memory by garnishing your bag, hat or even jean jacket with a vintage monster pin-back button. Once you adorn this garnishment, your friends will know that you have ghoulish yet astute tastes.

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In: Accessories, Masks, Vintage

Dictionnaire Infernal

Dictionnaire Infernal
Dictionnaire Infernal Dictionnaire Infernal

The Dictionnaire Infernal (English: Infernal Dictionary) is a book on demonology, organized in hellish hierarchies. It was written by Jacques Auguste Simon Collin de Plancy and first published in 1818. There were several editions of the book; perhaps the most famous is the edition of 1863, in which sixty-nine illustrations by Louis Le Breton were added to the book. These illustrations are drawings which try to depict the descriptions of the appearance of several demons. Source: Internet Archive

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In: Art, Books, Freebies, Vintage

Beistle Decorations (67 Images)

Beistle Decorations

The Beistle Company was founded in 1900 by Martin Luther Beistle in the basement of his home near Pittsburgh for the production of small imprints and calendars. Eventually business boomed and changed as did the product line and company location. Over time Mr. Beistle moved the company back to Shippensburg, Pennsylvania and has since then provided the area with business and jobs. Even during the Great Depression and World Wars the Beistle Company provided work and resources to aid the people and country in times of need. To this day the Beistle Company continues to be run by descendants of ML Beistle.

Over the course of 100 years, the products and catalogs of the Beistle Company have changed dramatically. Originally the company started with calendars, wood children’s toys, and artificial plants but those are not what made the Beistle Company famous. Early on, the Beistle Company partnered with the Paper Novelty Company and soon became a pioneer in honey combed tissue decorations creating a variety of products including bells, balls, toys and Easter bunny nests. Over time the Beistle Company expanded its catalog to cover all the holidays from Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Thanksgiving. But the first seasonal decorations added to the catalog were Halloween. Over 1000 different designs and decorations have been added since 1921 ranging from witches, black cats, bats, owls, spiders and jack o lanterns. The company produced many popular die cut Halloween paper items and helped popularize Halloween decoration in America. The company’s early success was credited to selling inexpensive premade decorations that customers could readily buy from the store.

The Beistle Company has introduced new designs for products over the years. It has always been a company mantra to purchase good quality goods, so the quality of our products don’t suffer; employ and train the best help to have the best quality and keep costs low for the consumer; and create new designs and merchandize so customer interest doesn’t lag. The Beistle Company has decided to bring back select discontinued decorations and sell them under the Vintage Beistle name. Since Halloween was the first seasonal item sold at the Company it is only befitting this line be revived first. Some of the products date back to the 1920’s with designs over 80 years old and originally bared the copyright of Martin Beistle, Henry Luhrs, and other partnerships of the company. It is very hard to come by old party decorations for a true Vintage feel, and we have come to realize that many customers miss these one of a kind decorations. Now through we can sell the same products sold to previous generations and ship them directly to your house, so you are able to add a classic feel to your party and keep a piece of Halloween Americana in your home.

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