From the Archives: Happy Halloween!

Remember those days when the school Halloween parade was so exciting, especially if a photographer from the newspaper showed up? Having your photo in the paper made you a celebrity.

Newspaper photographers like to have a little Halloween fun themselves. Here’s James Breeling’s self portrait in 1956.

He hid a flash gun in the jack-o-lantern, shut off the photo studio lights, donned his shroud and mask. He opened the shutter of his tripod mounted camera, moved into position. First Mr. Breeling tripped the flash bulb. Then with a flashlight he spelled out his eerie greeting.

This unidentified gentleman also loves a good scary portrait, in 1967.

And finally, I thought this one was quite good. I haven’t identified the reporter, but 6th grader Lonna Gienga certainly had one in mind when she decorated this pumpkin in 1977.

Jolene McHugh

About Jolene McHugh

I was a graphic artist prior to coming to the Omaha World-Herald in 2007, and now I’m a photo imaging specialist, which means I prepare photos to print properly in the newspaper. I also have the incredibly fun task of restoring old photographs from our massive library. My favorite part of my job is getting lost in the history and stories behind the photographs. Many of the archive photos have little or no information attached, so I need to properly date and identify the people and places in them. Researching the stories is a bit like being on a historical scavenger hunt. The largest challenge I face is restoring photos we run in our books. Our newest book, “At War, At Home: The Cold War” is filled with hundreds of old photographs, and most of them small and in poor condition. I live in Omaha with my husband, one of my daughters and three very furry Maine Coon cats.
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