Monday, October 3, 2022

Who Are You? (Who who, who who?)

 Who? I'm a Eureka owl die cut, that's Whooooo!

This diecut dates from 1963. 

The artwork on Eureka die cuts varies from the realistic, as above, to the whimsical.

An example of the whimsical is this most highly-desired Eureka die cut with an image of a witch flying across a startled moon.

Photo source (via eBay)

I wanted to follow this up with a sweeping history of the Eureka paper company, but alas, there's nil available on the whole internet.  Eureka was a major player in the Halloween die cut market rivaling that of Beistle.  You'd think there's be more out there about it.


  1. I love Halloween die cuts. Happy Countdown!

    1. Me too, Erick. I've often said, I'd love to have a coffee table book of Halloween die cuts. Happy Countdown to you as well!

    2. i still say we should brainstorm on that coffee table book idea. there's gotta be a way. with my design and printing skills and connections, and your collection and research knowledge, i think the only need is the funding -- but of course, that's *always* the sticking point, isn't it? maybe an art grant or something is out there, waiting for you...

    3. Seems like there might be copyright issues from the various companies as well, although I've seen private published books with scans of bubblegum wrapper and card art and I'm sure they weren't licensed.

    4. seems to me that those things would be falling into the public domain by now, no? if nobody is maintaining the copyrights, they should be fair use by now. but it's not like i've actually done any research on it or anything... i'm just talking out of my hat.

    5. Yeah, hard to say. Beistle is still around and producing reproductions of their classic die cuts, so I'd bet those are copyrighted. Not sure about other companies. Avery owns Dennison, but I don't believe they've produced die cuts for quite a while. As I mentioned in this post, I have no clue what happened to Eureka.


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