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Dog wins art contest, 1974
Creepy April Fool Masks
I came across these creepy April Fool masks from 1930 on eBay. Or rather, it's an auction for an article from 1930 about April Fool masks.

I've never heard of mask-wearing being part of April Fool's tradition in any country. But I'm sure it would freak people out if you showed up somewhere, such as work, wearing one of these things. Especially that pig mask.

Categories: April Fools Day
Posted by The Curator on Wed Mar 21, 2012
Comments (1)
Some of those masks, especially the pig one and the one just below it, look rather similar to masks I've seen in old depictions of the Feast of Fools. That celebration was around Christmas time, though, not April.

Perhaps people sort of combined the two events, and started with the masks for April 1st?
Posted by Accipiter  on  Thu Mar 22, 2012  at  10:20 PM
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