Thursday, October 29, 2015

1959 Neisner's Halloween Ad

Well, yesterday we saw what Halloween costumes Woolworth's was offering in October 1959 – so let's see what was on the sale shelves at Neisner's during that same year.


In case you've never heard of it (like me), Neisner's was a variety or "five and dime” store. The chain had downtown stores in Lorain and Elyria, as well as out at the O’Neil - Sheffield Center.

It first showed up in the Lorain City Directory as Neisner Brothers in the 1926 edition, making it a much older business than I thought. Its very last appearance in the 1963 directory, before the 332 Broadway address went vacant and the only Neisner’s listing was at O’Neil’s.

The Neisner's chain was acquired by Ames in the late 1970s.

As it turns out, Neisner's was peddling pretty much the same Halloween costumes in 1959 as Woolworth's, including Disney's Zorro and Mickey Mouse as well.

The lone TV-inspired costume is Felix the Cat. I’m sure you Baby Boomers remember him and his theme song. Did you know that Jack Mercer – the voice of Popeye – also did Felix on TV?

The Felix costume was pretty easy to find online.
This mask (below) was a little hard to find. Is that a pagoda on her head?
Like all clowns, this fireman is kind of creepy. 
And although I couldn’t scare up a Moon Man costume on Ebay, I did find this photo of a kid wearing it. It looks a lot better than I thought it would.
I feel sorry for the little girl with the mask that doesn’t fit, although she doesn’t appear to mind!


Anonymous said...

My Mother would mention Neisners wistfully. I did not realize they had 3 locations. Thanks Dan, Rae

-Alan D Hopewell said...

Here's to Scott's, Kresgee's, Woolworth's, and Neisner's, gone but not forgotten, Rae.

Anonymous said...

I recall my mother talking about Neisners also.

And all 4 of those kid's masks are incredibly weird......

Anonymous said...

I forgot about Scotts Alan. Not as far back but I mention D & K as it was downtown. As a kid I could do all my "Christmas" shopping there for about 5 dollars. One year my Dad rec'd a putty knife lol I went all out!

Wireless.Phil said...

Moon Man?
Never heard of him, or it.
Was it a cartoon?

Dan Brady said...

I think it was just a generic character created as a costume. My brothers and I probably logged more hours watching TV cartoons in the 1960s and 70s than ever thought humanly possible and I’ve never heard of him either.

Wireless.Phil said...

Yes, I'm a bit older and I've never heard of him.
I remember the old cartoons, 3-Stooges and what is considered violent today, especially Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd with his shotgun. Some of that's still on YouTube.

Watched an old gang a few days ago, only 3 children, the rest were adults, it was actually funny and I was laughing.

Back to Moon Man, if you Google it, there are references to the KKK and YouTube.

There is also a movie (Animation) nothing to do with the KKK.

A bored Man in the Moon hitches a ride to Earth on the tails of a passing comet and starts to explore the fantastical creatures and sights of a new planet. But all is not well - the Moon Man's absence from his post means that all the world's children are unable to sleep. Before the President can capture him, they must join forces to return him to his rightful place in the sky.