The U.S. Postal Service dedicated four stamps celebrating colorful, creepy and chilling Spooky Silhouettes during…
The U.S. Postal Service dedicated four stamps celebrating colorful, creepy and chilling Spooky Silhouettes during an event at the Milford Pumpkin Festival in Milford, NH.
The Spooky Silhouettes stamps feature digital illustrations with Halloween motifs rendered as black silhouettes in eerily backlit windows.
These images include a cat with an arched back beneath a raven perched on a bare tree branch, all against a yellowish-green background; two ghosts against an orange background; a spider and a web against a red background; and three bats against a purple background.
The newly available stamps are Forever stamps, which are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.
The new Spooky Silhouettes stamps offer fun, frightful views of scenes that symbolize the annual celebration of Halloween.
Brought to North America by immigrants from Ireland and Scotland, Halloween soon became a distinctively American celebration that transcended social boundaries and ethnic origin.
In the early 20th century, the holiday was often a time for pranks and rowdiness, but communities and civic organizations worked to rein in those tendencies.
After World War II, widespread enthusiasm for trick-or-treating gave the holiday a youthful emphasis. Since the 1970s, adults have increasingly joined the festivities: a 2014 survey shows that nearly 67 percent of the American population celebrates Halloween.
Customers may purchase the Spooky Silhouettes Forever stamps at The Postal Store at usps.com/shopstamps, by calling 800-STAMP-24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Office facilities nationwide. A variety of stamps and collectibles also are available at ebay.com/stamps.