2019 55¢ Spooky Silhouettes: Ghosts
Value: 55¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)
Issue Date: October 11, 2019
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Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Printing Method: Flexographic, Rainbow Foil
Format: Pane of 20
Quantity Printed: 40,000,000
If you ask people to make a list of all the things that frighten them, many will put ghosts at the very top. Countless places around the world are labeled as "haunted" after unexplainable things happen there. Many of those locations are right here in America...
While modern ghosts do show up in stories every now and then, the spookiest are those from colonial times. These ghosts appear in traditional 18th- and 19th-century attire and seem to delight in terrifying the living. One of the most famous tales of such a specter is from a town about 30 miles north of New York City...
Officially named North Tarrytown until 1996, the town of Sleepy Hollow, New York, is considered by many to be one of the most haunted places in the world. Everyone knows the story of the Headless Horseman who haunts the woods around Sleepy Hollow. Washington Irving's fictional tale popularized the legend, but many consider the ghost to be very real.
It is said the Headless Horseman is the spirit of a soldier killed at the Battle of White Plains during the Revolutionary War. He was killed by a flying cannonball, and his head was never found. The soldier's ghost now rides through Sleepy Hollow at night in an endless search for his missing head. He is most often seen at Halloween, about the time of his death, and the day ghostly activity is at its peak.