MONSTER COLLECTION- US Classic Monsters Sheet & Gr. Britain "Tales of Terror" Presentation Pack

Was: $13.95
Sale Price: $9.95

US (1997)- Complete mint sheet of 20 (32c) stamps featuring classic movie monsters- Lon Chaney, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., and Bela Lugosi as Dracula.  Mint sheet sold with Gr. Britain Presentation Pack containing four stamps: Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr. Jeyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Hound of the Baskervilles. 



Stoker’s Dracula was instrumental in the creation of the vampire trope that has permeated Western popular culture in the forms of novel and film alike. Dracula was well received when it was published, but its success is even better measured by the number of adaptations it inspired. These adaptations began in 1922, when the novel was plagiarized in the silent motion picture Nosferatu, in which the director F.W. Murnau took Stoker’s story, tweaked it, and put the results on the big screen. Stoker’s estate won a lawsuit against the production company responsible for the movie, but the movie had made its way to the United States, where Dracula was already in the public domain. Duplicates were created, and thus Nosferatu survived.



Horror films and supernatural thrillers have been made since the late 1800's.  The first film credited in this genre was Le Manoir du Diable by Georges Méliès.  During the 1920's, Lon Chaney became the first actor known for his roles in horror flicks such as The Phantom of the Opera, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Monster among others.  Make-up artists of the 1930's and 40's added a Gothic theme to the movies.  This allowed actors like Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi to create careers acting in just one genre. The monsters on this stamp sheet will continue to captivate audiences for years to come.