Potsdam Halloween from 1920s remembered by village historian
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 6:17 am

POTSDAM – Here’s one view of what Halloween costumes looked like 90 years ago in the North Country.

This photo, titled the "The Tall Ones," comes from the Potsdam Public Museum Archives. Pictured are Ruth Folger and Blanche Sanford.

Sanford received her bachelors degree in Art from Syracuse University and her Masters Degree from New York University. In 1917, she accepted a position as instructor of drawing at the Potsdam Normal School.

The Potsdam Normal School is the predecessor of the State Teachers College, now SUNY Potsdam.

Folger taught “Special Drawing” at the Normal for a few years, but left to head the Art Department at Russell Sage College in Troy.

An article from the June 1922 Herald Recorder in Potsdam states: “Miss Blanche Sanford, head of the Art Department in the Normal, left by the early train Thursday morning for New York. There she was joined by Miss Ruth Folger, formerly of the Normal faculty but now of the Sage College at Troy NY, and they sail Saturday to spent the summer in England and on the continent. The trip is partly for pleasure and partly for study.”

The year of these Potsdam Halloween stilt walkers: between 1917 and 1922. (Submitted by Potsdam Village Historian Mimi Van Deusen)