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Ben Cooper, Inc. was an American company that manufactured Halloween costumes. The company stayed open from the 1930s through the 1980s, and their costumes were absolutely ubiquitous in the 1950s to the 1970s. If you weren't wearing a Ben Cooper costume, you probably knew a half-dozen kids in school who were. 

The company was founded in 1937 by Ben Cooper, a guy who'd got into the theatrical costume biz and designed costumes and sets for the Cotton Club and the Ziegfeld Follies. Live theater was taking a hit during the Depression while Halloween was becoming more popular, so he decided to start selling Halloween costumes. He acquired a company called A.S. Fishbach, Inc. because they had a license to make costumes for Disney characters. (The two companies officially merged at the end of 1942.)

The Cooper costumes were cheap -- paper or thin plastic masks with plastic or thin fabric smocks with a silk-screened image on the front. But they sold for…

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News for Noders

October 1: This is the month of We All Float Down Here: The 2017 Halloween Horrorquest.

October 12: Rest in Peace, sarabandegreen.

October 17: Happy Birthday gnarl!

October 31: Something spooky will probably happen today. It usually does.


Get ready for IRON NODER X: XTREME XCELLENCE, coming November 1st!



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September 16 Feliz cumpleaños Ancientsnow!

September 18 Happy birthday Stuart!

September 18 Stanislav Petrov has died.

September 19 Talk like a pirate day. Arrh!

September 27 Happy birthday Uberbanana!


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August 4 Happy birthday avalyn!

August 6 広島

August 27 Happy birthday Bitriot

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July 1: Brevity Quest 2017 begins!

July 4: Alice’s Day (AKA Alice in Wonderland Day); also Independence day in the US.

July 19-24: Hemingway Days; party central is Key West, Florida.

July 31: Harry Potter's Birthday.


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June 4: Aesop's Birthday.

June 11: TerribleAspect's birthday!

June 16: Bloomsday.

June 19: Juneteenth.

June 21: The first day of summer (northern hemisphere) and winter (southern hemisphere).

June 25 SciFiQuest 3017: The Frontier that Wouldn't End has ended.

June 28: Tau Day.


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