We are very excited today to begin sharing with you some of the stamps to be issued in 2013! The first commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared that all slaves in the rebel states of the Confederacy “are, and henceforward shall be free.” A first day of issue has not yet been set.
Art director Antonio Alcalá worked with graphic designer Gail Anderson to produce the stamp. To evoke the look of broadsides from the Civil War era, they employed Hatch Show Print of Nashville, Tennessee, one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in the United States.
You can pre-order the stamp at usps.com/stamps or by phone at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) for delivery a few days following the dedication ceremony. Five thousand limited-edition 16″ x 23″ posters featuring the stamp art will be available for purchase later this afternoon. The posters were made using a traditional letterpress printing process that makes each one unique. Each poster has been numbered, and the first 1,000 will be autographed by graphic designer Gail Anderson.
We will be issuing other stamps in 2013 to commemorate significant anniversaries in the struggle for African-American rights. Can you guess what they are?
Visit Beyond the Perf for more information on the 2013 stamp program, and check back here tomorrow for another stamp revealed.