With each new month of 2017, we will highlight select artifacts that fit within that month’s context. For example, in January, this country celebrates the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. Fittingly, we display a Trump piñata as an example of the thousands created in protest to his offensive campaign comments about Mexicans.
To characterize outgoing President Barack Obama, we present “Dashboard Obama,” playing the ukulele, wearing shorts and flip-flops, stressing his Hawaiian birthplace. This is a sly dig at those “birthers” who refused to believe that Obama was an American citizen.
As we add more artifacts to this website, we will also insert them into the calendar. Of course, not all artifacts are calendar-related. Consequently, we will slot those others where we deem appropriate based on other criteria.
October is my favorite month. Not only is it my birthday month, but it’s the connection with Halloween that I love. On top of that is the Halloween/vampire association. These events give license to being silly, wearing costumes (releasing inhibitions), and having fun.
When my mother was pregnant with me, she saw “Dracula,” starring Bela Lugosi. The film frightened her so much she couldn’t sleep at night without the light on. Later, when my American Vampires book was published, she claimed that I had been marked by the movie.
Enjoy the Halloween/Vampire artifacts….BOO!
Trick or Treat Pin
Boo Tie (back-shows actual tie)
Boo-Tie (Front of package)
Bat Hand Puppet with fangs
Fake fangs upper teeth
Small container/Vlad image
Count Dracula Society Literature Award 1989
Miniature coffin with Dracula (open)
Miniature coffin (closed)
Vampire Snow Globe
Image of Vlad Tepes
Card with Romanian postage stamps/Two images of Vlad Tepes/One image of Bran Castle
Dirt from Bela Lugosi’s Grave
Bat hand Puppet
Coffin (Open) with Dracula inside
“Drac in the Box” (open)
“Drac in the Box” (closed)
Eerie Eye Patch
Box from Transylvania Society of Dracula
Dracula Cup with straw
Count Dracula Doll
Vampire coffin with creature exiting
Open coffin with bones
Closed casket with cross on top
Baby pacifier with fangs
Vampire noisemaker (eyes and mouth glow when lever is pressed)
Official Dracula Seal, postage stamp, image of Vlad Tepes mounted on card
Open coffin with Dracula inside
Animated Dracula face
Pin, “Am I Your Type? A, O, AB, X, RH”
Pin, “You Suck” with drawing of a bat
Pin, “I’m hungry for your blood”
Pin, “Kiss Me, I’m a vampire”
Pin, “R.I.P. Really Insane Partyer”
Membership card for the Transylvanian Society of Dracula (exterior)
Membership card for the Transylvania Society of Dracula (interior)
Membership card Canadian branch of The Transylvanian Society of Dracula (exterior)
Membership card from the Canadian branch of the Transylvania Society of Dracula (interior)
Stella Luna bat (from a children’s book of the same name)
Hanging bat with teeth showing
Dracula finger puppet
Vampire pin, “I’m hungry for your blood”
Vampire pin, image of Dracula
Vampire pin, “Goood Eeevening”
Replica of USA postage stamp of Bela Lugosi as Dracula
Bat pin with gemstone
Pin, “It’s Not Easy Being a Vampire”
Pin, Jack-o-Lantern with fangs
Bat pin made by a fan of my book, American Vampires
Custom made fangs created for Norine Dresser by Rees Smith, DDS.
Real bat house with decorative fake bat attached.
Noisemaker with image of vampire
Halloween decoration-USA-Halloween celebrants/Popular culture-Plastic-5 1/4″
Collectible-USA-Vampire/Gothic fans/Popular culture-7″ x 4 1/2″ x 2″