2019 55¢ Spooky Silhouettes: Spider
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
Of all the creatures in the animal kingdom, spiders are one of the most feared. It was originally thought this was a phobia passed down through upbringing... But recently, scientists have uncovered evidence that the fear of spiders is a survival instinct passed down from early man.
In a world where our ancestors hardly had the bare essentials, venemous spiders would have been a serious concern. Those with a fear of these arachnids developed quicker reactions, thus surviving longer. Today, the wariness and quick reaction time to these eight-legged "creepy-crawlies" remains.
During the Middle Ages, a time when the fear of witches ran rampant, spiders were seen as one of the familiars to these "evil-doers." They were said to be used in black magic rituals and also as messengers to the witches. In fact, it was said if a spider fell into a lamp and burned in the flame, a witch was nearby.
All of this history has led spiders to be mainstay decorations at Halloween, when one of the most fun things to do is scare friends and family with lighthearted pranks. One of the sure-fire ways to send someone running is with a perfectly placed toy spider. Whether hanging from above, secretly placed on a chair, or jumping out from behind a decoration, a spider gets a great reaction almost every time.