We’ve got great news this morning! The Emancipation Proclamation Forever® stamp, which was issued on January 1, 2013, has been so popular that USPS has printed an additional 10 million stamps. That makes for a total of 55 million Emancipation Proclamation stamps. Wow!
For history lovers and stamp fans alike, the year 2013 should be a very special one. By a fortunate coincidence, there are three major civil rights anniversaries this year, each deserving of a stamp:
the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s issuance on January 1, 1863, of the Emancipation Proclamation;
the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rosa Parks on February 4, 1913;
the 50th anniversary of the famous March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963.
The words “Freedom,” “Courage,” and “Equality” appear in large type in the selvage of each respective pane of stamps honoring these civil rights milestones. Throughout 2013, we’re asking you, our readers, to engage in an online discussion of the meaning of these words—freedom, courage, equality—in your own life and in the life of the nation. What does each word mean to you?
We’re just a few weeks into the new year, and already we’re overwhelmed by the enthusiasm for the 2013 stamp program. All across the country, communities small and large have embraced the stamps released so far, stoked excitement about upcoming releases, and reminded us that stamps reflect all facets of American life.
The Apples stamps drew dozens of enthusiasts to lovely Yakima, Washington—home to 60 percent of the state’s apple production—for the town’s first ever stamp unveiling. Woohoo!
And the New York Apple Association (NYAA), based in Fishers, New York, also joined the fun this week when it learned that the Apples stamps feature the local Northern Spy variety. “To celebrate,” said Molly Golden, director of marketing for NYAA, “we suggest consumers bake a pie with Spies and any other great New York apple variety.” Love the idea! Recipes anyone?
This unique collectible was created using antique wood type and ornamentation set by hand at Hatch Show Print in Nashville, Tennessee, one of the oldest working letterpress shops in the U.S. (It opened about 15 years after the end of the Civil War.) “We’re proud to be part of such a momentous occasion in such a modern context,” said shop manager Jim Sherraden.