Sunday, August 17, 2014

Haunted Canada

In June, Canada Post issued a book of 10 stamps with 5 designs that depict popular Canadian ghost stories. At first I wasn't impressed with these stamps but they actually don't look that bad. Some elements of the design are printed with an iridescent effect to add a subtle ghostly shimmer when the light hits them the right way. To accompany the stamps, surprising large commemorative postmarks were also created.


Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario was built in the 1790's and was the British army headquarters during the war of 1812. The fort is said to be haunted by the ghosts of a young soldier and a little girl. On an abandoned railway track north of St. Louis Saskatchewan a glowing light sometimes appears which is said to be the spirit of a train conductor killed in the 1920's. This has become known as the St. Louis Light or St. Louis Ghost train. Creepy.


I also tried to get a postmark from Banff for the Ghost Bride stamp but the postmaster in Banff tells me the postmark is missing and he is waiting on a replacement. Examples of the other two should be coming back to me soon.

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