Halloween & Black Tuesday: Commemorating The October 29, 1929 Stock Market Crash


By Alexander Haimann, Collections Specialist

Stack Market Crash 1929 stamp
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Halloween this year lurks in the shadow of the anniversary of the stock market crash that ignited the Great Depression. Maybe you're superstitious of black cats skittering across your path, but the 2009 anniversary of this 1929 catastrophe seems especially eerie in the lingering glow of the United States' recent financial troubles. To highlight the connections between Halloween, the economy and the 1929 stock market crash, the National Postal Museum has created a mini-exhibit.

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Alex Haimann

About the Author
Alexander T. Haimann, Collections Specialist & Web Projects Developer at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, collects and writes primarily about the stamps and postal history of the U.S. during the first one hundred years of stamp production (1847-1947). Additionally, he develops internet based education projects and exhibits for the National Postal Museum. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Stamp Dealers Association, the Chair of the American Philatelic Society’s Young Philatelic Leaders Fellowship and the publicist for the United State Philatelic Classics Society. His national and international society memberships include the American Philatelic Society, United States Stamp Society, Collectors Club of New York and the Royal Philatelic Society London.