Today the U.S. Postal Service provided a preview of its 2016 stamp program, and while most of the new designs are, as you’d expect, pretty mainstream, there is one group that’s sure to attract the horror crowd. Read on for a look at the four new jack-o’-lantern stamps coming out in honor of our favorite holiday, Halloween!
The date of issuance and the stamp dedication ceremony location will be announced at a later date.
Other notable additions include a booklet of Forever stamps featuring photographs of 20 popular pets, 16 Forever stamps featuring the planets in our solar system (2 each of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune; Pluto gets its own sheet), and 50th anniversary “Star Trek” Forever stamps showcasing four digital illustrations inspired by classic elements of the television program. Visit USPS.com for more info.
“Our stamps articulate the American experience through miniature works of art,” said Acting Stamp Services Director Mary-Anne Penner. “Our diverse stamp topics for 2016 are sure to appeal to everyone, and with the New Year just around the corner, now is a perfect time to get started in stamp collecting. It’s an educational hobby the entire family can enjoy.”
In the spirit of Halloween, the Postal Service issues these delightfully eerie stamps featuring photographs of four different jack-o’-lanterns. These creatively carved pumpkins have been symbols of Halloween in the United States since the late 19th century, not long after celebrations of the holiday began here. These are the first Halloween-themed stamps issued by the Postal Service.
Paul Montanari designed and carved the pumpkins under the art direction of Derry Noyes of Washington, DC. Sally Anderson-Bruce photographed the lit jack-o’-lanterns used on the stamps.