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The Supernatural

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue October 1, 1997
Year 1997
Quantity 4,000,000
Denomination
45¢
Perforation or Dimension 12.5 x 13
Series The Supernatural
Series Time Span 1997
Printer Ashton-Potter Canada Limited.
Postal Administration Canada

Stamp Values/Prices (Beta Mode*)

Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $1.10
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $0.50
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Layouts

Pane of 16 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 1,000,000
Original Price: $7.20
Perforation: 12.5 x 13
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: None (fluorescent coated paper)
Paper: Coated Papers Limited

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Cancellation Location: Sydney NS
Perforation: 12.5 x 13
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: None (fluorescent coated paper)
Paper: Coated Papers Limited

About Stamp

As the sun settles in the western sky on October 31, an aura of mystery descends upon towns and cities across Canada. Children don masks, costumes and make-up, and bravely head out to face what lies in wait: jack-o-lanterns, mysterious spirits, and of course, candy. Hallow's Eve, or Halloween as it is more commonly known, has become a cherished tradition, and along with it, symbols of the supernatural have found a place in our culture - vampires, ghosts, werewolves and goblins.

Inspired by the 100th anniversary of Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula", and by the release of similar commemorative stamps in the United States, Britain and Ireland, Canada Post will issue a set of four ghoulish domestic-rate stamps. This year's "October is Stamp Collecting Month" issue is sure to delight Canadian stamp collectors, especially young, budding philatelists.

Though tales of vampires are typically dismissed as pure fiction, not so for stories of ghosts. Numerous well-documented, spine-tingling accounts exist across Canada - from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland to the North - but some of the most intriguing tales come from Nova Scotia. Perhaps the best authenticated yarn heralds from Sydney, as recounted in J.G. MacKinnon's 1918 book "Old Sydney". It was October 15, 1785 at exactly 4:00 p.m. Two young officers of the British army, Captain Sherbrooke and Lieutenant Wynyard, sat in Wynyard's apartment. Suddenly, "a tall young man, about 20 years of age, with sunken cheeks and wasted frame. dressed in a light indoor costume" silently entered. He "cast a look of melancholy affection at Wynyard", then passed into the bedroom and disappeared. The only window in the bedroom had been sealed shut for the winter, yet the man had vanished. Wynyard was aghast. Not only because the strange phenomenon he had witnessed, but because the visitor had the appearance of his brother, a soldier then stationed in India. Wynyard feared what this might mean. The dreaded news did not arrive until June 1786: Lt. John Otto Wynyard of the 3rd regiment of Foot Guards had died in India at 4:00 p.m. October 15, 1785 - the exact time of the mysterious apparition. Indeed, Nova Scotia is rich with ghostly tales. As the Reverend John Murray wrote in his "History of the Presbyterian Church in Cape Breton" (1921), "our Celtic forefathers brought with them to Cape Breton. their superstitions regarding witches, fairies, ghosts". The telling of ghost stories "was a common pastime around the big hardwood fire on the old fashioned kitchen hearth".

These stamps were created from the imaginations of four Canadian illustrators. The artist's portraits were then adapted by Toronto designer Louis Fishauf into the spooky stamp set available to Canadian collectors. Though the cartoon-style of the drawings lightens the tone of the imagery, the visuals still convey a chilling air of horror. Available in panes of 16 stamps, the Supernatural stamps will be issued October 1 for October is Stamp Collecting Month.

Creators

Designed by Louis Fishauf.
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Reference

Canada Post Corporation, Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 6, No. 5, 1997, p. 5, 7-8, 10.

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