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!
- To evoke the look of Civil War-era broadsides, Emancipation Proclamation stamp art director Antonio Alcalá and graphic designer Gail Anderson employed Hatch Show Print of Nashville, Tennessee, one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in the U.S. Read about how the stamp design was “Hatcherized” over at The Tennessean. Then visit Nashville’s WSMV-TV for a brief video about Hatch and the new stamp.
- Want to know more about the processes used by Hatch Show Print? The Smithsonian has a fantastic 8-minute video, and if you’re as impressed as we are, you’ll want to consider the limited-edition Emancipation Proclamation poster. The poster was created using antique wood type and ornamentation set by hand at Hatch Show Print.
- In case you missed it, yesterday we posted a video of Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon reading the Emancipation Proclamation, and on Monday we’ll have another video with highlights from the stamp dedication ceremony, so be sure to check back.
What did we miss? Share your favorite Emancipation Proclamation stamp links in the comments.
Some other odds and end making us happy this week:
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.)
- Studio 360 also has a new story about the year 1913, the year of the Armory Show in New York City. Several of the artists honored on the upcoming Modern Art in America 1913–1931 stamp sheet, including Marcel Duchamp, exhibited their work at this groundbreaking exhibit of modernist art.
- 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!
- There’s a new biography soon to be out about poet Sylvia Plath that we’re itching to read. Although it was released last year, you can still buy and use the Sylvia Plath stamp, one of ten Twentieth-Century Poets stamps.
- 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.