Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New U.S. Postage Stamp

The first stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service in 2013 commemorates a momentous act that took place 150 years earlier, on Jan. 1, 1863, the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The Emancipation Proclamation Forever Stamp represents freedom and is the first in a series of three Civil Rights stamps to be released in 2013, according to a news release on the USPS website. The remaining stamps in the series, to be issued later this year, mark enduring moments of courage and equality in the civil rights movement by featuring Rosa Parks and the March on Washington.

“Stamps often tap into our culture and help us remember the events and people who have had an impact on American history,” said Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman. “The Emancipation Proclamation was a powerful symbol of President Lincoln’s determination to end the war, to end slavery, and to reconstruct the economy of the country without slave labor.”

The Emancipation Proclamation stamp is a first-class Forever stamp that currently costs 45 cents per stamp. You can also order a signed and numbered poster of the stamp, as well as other related items.

Graphic designer Gail Anderson partnered with art director Antonio Alcalá to design the stamp.  It prominently features the phrase, “Henceforward Shall Be Free,” which is taken from the historic document. It also notes Abraham Lincoln’s name and the year the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

Anderson, known for her term as senior art director at Rolling Stone magazine and design of Broadway play posters, revels in making typography from old forms. To evoke the look of posters from the Civil War era, she tapped Hatch Show Print of Nashville, Tenn., to produce the Emancipation Proclamation stamp. Established in 1879, Hatch is one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America and employs the motto, “preservation through production.”

In 2013, the Postal Service will introduce 30 new stamps to portray American experiences. From landmark history like the Emancipation Proclamation to celebrating budding romance with the Sealed with Love Stamp in time for Valentine’s Day cards and letters, each limited-edition stamp is unique and taps into an American passion.

You may view the Emancipation Proclamation Forever Stamp first-day-of-issue event online, as well as a preview of other stamps to be issued in 2013 at For more information about the stamp, click here.


Amber at The Musings of ALMYBNENR said...

I hope I get it soon! I pre-ordered a book of these!

Pablo (yo) said...

Really nice designed stamp.

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Pablo from Argentina

mim said...

I have the terrific emancipation stamps. I think they look great. My 2013 goal is to do 2, simultaneous, daily mail projects. I'm a bit crazy to do it, but it's already happening. I'm on day 181 of 365.2 and day 31 of 365.3. That's my plan for 2013!

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