Handmade skeleton costumes, 1951 via Smithsonian Magazine
Art & Inspiration
Theatrical poster for Johann von Goethe’s tragedy Faust showing Mephistopheles conjuring supernatural creatures on Walpurgisnight, created by Dickman, Jones & Hettrich, San Francisco, 1887.
A young Marilyn Monroe with skeleton in an advertisement for Collier’s Magazine circa 1950-1951.
Austrian actress Tilla Durieux as mythical witch Circe offering the tainted cup, painted by Franz von Stuck, 1913.
Illustration by Henry Justice Ford for The Crow in The Yellow Fairy Book collected by Andrew Lang, 1894.
Hungarian photographer István Kerny and his wife re-enact the story of Judith and Holofernes, 1912.
1926 illustration by Charles Walter Simpson of the skeleton of Québécois murderess Marie-Josephte Corriveau (“La Corriveau”) terrifying a traveler from its iron cage, from Légendes du Saint-Laurent.
Gustav Klimt, Death and Life, 1910 (reworked 1915), oil on canvas.
Drew Barrymore lights Stephen King’s cigarette at a 1984 fundraising premiere of Firestarter in Bangor, Maine, photographed by Mimi Cotter.