Jack-O’-Lantern Stamps Debut September 29 in Anoka, Minnesota

Jack-O’-Lantern Stamps
Jack-O’-Lantern Stamps.

The U.S. Postal Service will issued its first-ever official Halloween stamps  in appropriate holiday style September 29 in Anoka, Minnesota and nationwide. The northern suburb of the Twin Cities has celebrated Halloween as a community since before 1920, and in 1937 became the self-proclaimed “Halloween Capital of the World.” The town supports major decorating contests, a Pumpkin Bowl football game, a charity Orange Tie Ball, and a large parade.

The first-day ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the Anoka City Hall, River Plaza, 2015 First Ave North, Anoka, Minnesota. The event is free and open to the public.

A lighted seasonal jack-o’-lantern appears on each of the four Holiday stamps. Creatively carved pumpkins have been symbols of Halloween in the U.S. since the late 19th century, not long after celebrations of the holiday began here. The stamps are being sold in booklets of 20.

Paul Montanari designed and carved the pumpkins. Derry Noyes, of Washington, D.C., was art director and Sally Andersen-Bruce, of New Milford, Connecticut, photographed the lit jack-o’-lanterns shown on the stamps.

Interested in Haunted Philately? The feature story in the September issue  of The American Philatelist (APS member magazine) discussed many aspects of collecting stamps on this topic.

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