Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Victorian Era Bat Woman Halloween Costumes

Victorian Era Bat Woman Halloween Costumes

During the Victorian Age, there was a lot going. The Age of Spiritualism had begun in the late 1840's with the Fox Sisters and their mysterious "Spirit Rapping", knocking sounds which came "out of the air" and represented "ghosts" communicating to them. Despite the Fox Sisters being decried as a fraud by the 1870's, Spiritualism had taken hold. It came about in America due to the massive amount of death and destruction during the Civil War. With so many people losing friends and family, there was a "need" for the belief in the afterlife and being able to communicate with the dead. With William Mumler and his "spirit photos" in the late 1860's, there was now physical "proof" that ghosts did indeed exist. 

All of that is the backdrop for a couple of the coolest vintage Victorian CDVs in our collection. While on a constant search for rarities on ebay for spirit photos, we occasionally come across odd CDV photos from the Victorian era. 

This very rare circa 1880's German CDV shows a woman wearing a early "Bat Women" costume. This could be for a early Halloween costume or as a costume for something else. She wear a solemn look on her face and has her arms outstretched to accentuate the "bat wings". She has in her hair a pair of funny looking bat ears". She also has a bat across her chest area. This was bought for about $100 on ebay about a dozen years ago. I would imagine it being worth about $300-$500 now due to iconographic nature of the photo. This is the only original I have seen in all my years of collecting. 

This rare "devil girl" costume is on a CDV from around the 1870's. Here, she has devil wings of the Archangel and devil horns. This is likely of an actress who was doing a stage production of a play where the devil was featured. She has a grim look! The tights which were tight against her legs was scandalous in the day and would have had many men really turned on! This was bought for around $30 about 10 years ago. It may be worth about $50 now. 

If you are interested in buying oddities like this, go to ebay and use search terms with the CDV or cabinet card categories like "devil","bat" and "witch".  You may come across some interesting things. For other great items which feature odd imagery like this, check out SWEETHEARTSINNER on ebay and etsy. There are plenty of cigarette cases, pill cases, and jewelry with odd imagery that will please anyone. With over 3000 items at under $10 each, they make great and useful gifts!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

A Guide to Halloween Gifts on Etsy

A Guide to Halloween Gifts on Etsy

Halloween 2015 is just around the corner and with parties coming up and costumes to buy, you'll want to make sure you have those creepy and fun Halloween accessories and little gifts for friends and family. You'll love these gift ideas that will not break your bank!!!!

Sweetheartsinner has over 3,000 great gift ideas for under $10.  There is so much to choose from! From awesome cigarette cases and wallets to useful and creative designed pill boxes to unique handmade necklaces, there is for certain something that can be found on this great etsy store. Their store carries over a hundred items with vintage Halloween graphics.

With over 9 years on ETSY and over 10 years on ebay, Sweetheartsinner has a long track record of sales with thousands of satisfied customers! All items are shipped from Atlanta, GA, U.S.A. so there is never a worry about Asian customs and slow shipping times. Supporting a small etsy business is always a good things as well! :-)

Sweetheartsinner offers CREEPY gifts like these interesting skull themed wallet and cigarette case selections:

Sweetheartsinner also has many great Edgar Allan Poe designs on necklaces, pill boxes, and wallets and cigarette cases. Poe summons the Halloween Spirit like no other author in History with his creepy gothic imagery and Autumn vibe! Hark the Raven!!!

And for some truly dark gifts ideas and items, Sweetheartsinner has a wide selection of post mortem items from Victorian imagery going all the way to the 1920's. These are fascinating and creepy at the same time. Women lying in coffins, children posing by their dead siblings, a dead couple where even in death, they are still together! Bizarre, strange, esoteric and awesome conversation starters!

And what Halloween would be Halloween in 2015 without a mention of ZOMBIES! Sweetheartsinner has a ton of great zombie themed Halloween items! These are colorful and great for any fan of the Walking Dead TV series or would like a The Night of the Living Dead movie poster cigarette case or wallet!


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Bat Rider Pill Case by Sweetheartsinner Review

This is a video review of a Bat Rider Pill Case design by Sweetheartsinner 

At only $7.50, this is a great gothic designed pill case for your daily vitamin storage or as a stash box for your other small things, pills, and oddities. It has a convenient  tri-separator that is removable. A great and useful item from SWEETHEARTSINNER and any fans of bat riding little girls!