Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
I ran across this spectacular Flickr collection via Boing Boing the other day and just had to share. Page after page of vintage Halloween masks, and, yes, I do believe I proudly owned quite a few of them myself back in the day.
One thing I notice that distinguishes that era from today is how so many of the masks have absolutely nothing to do with current movies or TV shows or consumer products or popular culture. In other words, everything wasn’t a goddamn corporate tie-in back then! If you wanted to be a plain old devil, you could be one. It didn’t have to be a trademark demon from Hell’s Bells IV: Days of Brimstone.
As I read somewhere just the other day, big companies want us all to be the same now. It makes things easier for them. Seems like it might have been possible to be an individual at one point, though the memories are growing hazy…