The Emancipation Proclamation, Modern Art, and A New Pixar Movie? Our Favorite Links of the Week

What a fantastic first week of 2013 this has been! Hundreds of you braved the cold early on New Year’s Day to stand in line at the U.S. National Archives in Washington, D.C., to see the dedication of the Emancipation Proclamation stamp exactly 150 years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the original document. Keeping up with all the news about the stamp since then has been difficult, but fun! Here are some of our favorite links from the week:

  • The National Archives has posted wonderful photographs on its Facebook page from all three days that the Emancipation Proclamation was on display, including images from the stamp dedication ceremony and historic reading of the original document. Not to be missed!

What did we miss? Share your favorite Emancipation Proclamation stamp links in the comments.

Some other odds and end making us happy this week:

  • This Cultural Diary page includes a pane of 16 Romare Bearden stamps, featuring four different designs.

    This Cultural Diary page includes a pane of 16 Romare Bearden stamps, featuring four different designs.

    Studio 360 has a wonderful new story about artist Romare Bearden, whose extraordinarily beautiful collages are featured on a stamp sheet from 2011 that is still available for purchase. (Psst, we will be giving away some Romare Bearden stamp-related products in the coming weeks.)

  • And speaking of modern art, did you know that you can see many of the artists featured on the Modern Art in America stamp sheet at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City? The museum’s “American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe” exhibit showcases work by Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Joseph Stella, among others. Wow!
  • We were reminded on Twitter this week that February is A Month of Letters (#lettermo). Will you be taking part?
  • And, finally, we were excited by the news that Mike and Sully of Monsters, Inc. will reunite this June in the new Pixar movie Monsters University. Any excuse to send a Mike and Sully postcard is a good excuse, right?

Oh, we’d like to extend a special shout out to Kevin in Jacksonville, Florida, for the awesome 2-cent postcard he recently mailed to us.  Thanks, Kevin! You can find Kevin online here.

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