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Meet the five specters now haunting Canada’s stamps

June 13, 2014
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June 13, 2014

In Canada, haunting is big business. The Retail Council of Canada estimates that Canadians spend about C$1.5 billion ($1.4 billion) on Halloween every year, more per capita than Americans. Since 2010, the industry has even had its own annual conference, the Canadian Haunted Attractions Convention.

Today—Friday the 13th—Canada Post releases a set of five eerily beautiful stamps that cater to the country’s spectral inclinations. Illustrated by Sam Weber, who grew up in Deep River, Ontario, the stamps are uncanny portraits of haunted sites around Canada, from the phantom train of the Saskatchewan River Valley to the ghost bride of Alberta. Creepier still is the limited-edition coin of the latter, which uses lenticular printing to make her phantom eyes appear to open and close.

Canada Post plans more themed stamps to capitalize on its ghostly heritage. These are just the first in a three-year series.

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The St. Louis ghost train of Saskatchewan. Illustration by Sam Weber/courtesy Canada Post.
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The burning ghost ship of the Northumberland Strait. Illustration by Sam Weber/courtesy Canada Post.
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The Count of Frontenac haunting the hotel named after him. Illustration by Sam Weber/courtesy Canada Post.

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