Classic Movie Monsters: Bela Lugosi as Dracula

painting of Bela Lugosi as Dracula

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

Watercolor on paper

The Classic Movie Monsters stamps represent a fortunate coincidence. At the same time the Postal Service began to develop the idea, the adult children of three classic movie-monster actors began campaigning to commemorate their fathers on stamps. The two paths converged, resulting in five of the creepiest—and most popular—stamps of the 1990s.

Art of the Stamp