Halloween is coming. Are you ready to get scared?
I guess we all know what Halloween is. But let’s remind us with some basic details we should know. Halloween takes place on 31 October, and Is very popular in many countries and maybe the most in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland.
It originates from ancient Celtic harvest festivals and comes the day before the feast of All Saint’s Day (Western Christian) and therefore some believers look at it as something pagan or evil. I guess that most people today look at it as on the day when they can “play” with pumpkins and make pranks and jokes or try to scare somebody.
With that positive attitude, I’ll also try to scare you with few stamps today. So, prepare toilet paper, it’s going to become really nasty now 😊
Oh no, Stamps!!!!
Few countries issued Halloween stamps, and today we’ll see a few of them, all issued either in the USA or Canada. Both countries use their dollar as currency with 1 dollar = 100 cents.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – USA – 1974
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is one of the very first fiction stories in the USA. It was written by Washington Irving and published in 1820. The motif on the stamp represents the Headless Horseman pursuing Ichabod Crane. And all of that for 10 cents. In 1974.
The Supernatural – Canada – 1997
This sheet is not so directly related to Halloween, but it’s still pretty scary enough. On October 1, 1997, Canada issued these stamps to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
It introduces 4 scary creatures to us – a vampire, a werewolf, a ghost and a goblin. Stamps could be bought in the sheet or even with the haunted house where you could move in your supernatural stamp friends.
Jack-o’-Lanterns – USA – 2016
And what is Halloween without Jack-o’-Lanterns. In 2016, the USPS finally realized that and issued the first official Halloween series ever. The motif on each stamp is Jack-o’-Lantern. Stamps are Forever-stamps, meaning that you can buy them at the current first-class postage rate and use them whenever you like, no matter the price of the first-class postage at that time.
But, before we end for today, let’s say a few more words about Jack. Stingy Jack is the character from Irish myth. Besides being stingy, Jack is also clever, so he managed to trick the Devil few times. He used the silver cross and the sign of the cross to blackmail the devil and get free stuff and protect his soul from being sent to Hell. Unluckily for him, when he died he was also not a God’s choice. God hasn’t allowed him into Haven and Devil also closed the door of the Hell for him. Would you risk again with such a guy? The devil gave Jack a burning coal which jack placed into the carved-out turnip. Since then, Jack is wandering around the Earth.
Today we were very short. Be sure to check out next week. We’ll see much more scary stamps than today.
Continue reading: Halloween #2: 15 Spooky Legends from Canada
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