Art of the Stamp
From the Collection of the United States Postal Services



Classic Movie Monsters:
Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s Monster

Watercolor on paper

Artist: Thomas Blackshear II
Art director: Derry Noyes
First day of issue: September 30, 1997

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This stamp shows Boris Karloff buried behind makeup in his most famous role, but the Postal Service was sensitive to concerns that movie-monster actors be portrayed as human, too. The header of the complete stamp pane included photographs of Karloff and three other actors, freed from their monster makeup and smiling warmly.


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