Monday, October 10, 2016

Gearing up for some Halloween Postcrossing fun

Shown above are some of the Halloween- and autumn-themed postcards, all with original artwork, that I'll be sending around the world via Postcrossing this month. Redbubble is my website of choice for getting most postcards. Their cards come on high-quality stock, the site has frequent discounts and sales, and a wide range of excellent artists showcase their work there.

Here are links to the five postcards shown above (clockwise, from the witch in the top left):

The awesome Conners has been featured on Papergreat before. She allowed me display a couple of her postcards for Papergreat's 1,600th post. And I'm actually using two of her postcards for Halloween mailings this month. The other one is Scary Story Time.

You should check out and considering supporting the work by Conners and all of the artists mentioned here.

Meanwhile, one of the stamps I'll be using on this year's mailings is this 10-cent beauty from 1974...

It's U.S. #1548, and it was issued on October 12, 1974, in North Tarrytown, New York. (North Tarrytown officially changed its name to Sleepy Hollow in 1996.)

Here's some information on the stamp from Arago, the online database of the Smithsonian Institution's National Postal Museum:
"[T]he 10-cent American Folklore stamp features a scene from Washington Irving's 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' in which the infamous Headless Horseman pursues protagonist Ichabod Crane. The short story demonstrates two qualities for which Washington Irving is best known: his humor and his ability to create vivid, descriptive imagery. Irving first published the short story in 1819-1820. He lived at Birmingham, England, at the time. Designed by Leonard Everett Fisher, the stamps were lithographed with an initial printing of 140 million. The stamp dimensions measure 1.44 x 0.84 inches and have one plate number. 'Mail Early' and Mr. Zip appear in the selvage on both the left and right side of each sheet."

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