carved by Paul Montanari
photographed by Sally Andersen-Bruce
designed by Derry Noyes
The Forever Jack-O-Lantern stamps are the first Halloween themed stamps by the USPS.
Folklorists trace the name to a scoundrel named jack who meets up with the Devil. Jack unscrupulously tricks the Devil which prevents him from going to Heaven. The Devil is infuriated by the trickery and refuses to carry jack's soul to Hell. With nowhere to go after he dies, jack wanders the earth with a lantern made from a hollowed out pumpkin (or turnip) lit by an ember from the fires of Hell.