10 Million More Emancipation Proclamation Stamps Printed

EmancipationProc-Forever-single-v5We’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!

You can find the stamp online, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), or at a Post Office near you.

Freedom, Courage, & Equality: Celebrating Civil Rights Milestones in 2013

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?

Favorite Links of the Week: Keeping It Local Edition

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.

Apples33-2013-block4-BGv1Who knew, for example, that the new Apples postcard stamps would resonate just as strongly in West Virginia (where the Golden Delicious is the state fruit) as in West Barnstable, Massachusetts, home to the Baldwin variety as well as stamp artist John Burgoyne.

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?

In other local stamp news:

  • A beloved Vermont landmark, the Arlington Green Bridge in Bennington County, is featured on the new Priority Mail stamp issued this morning.

Thanks to all the communities around the country that have embraced stamps as part of their local story. You truly bring stamps to life.

Letterpress Emancipation Proclamation Poster Evokes Civil War-era Broadsides

PosterCommemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with this limited-edition letterpress poster.

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.

The 16 x 23-inch poster, which is numbered and has been signed by designer Gail Anderson, is perfect for framing and will make a truly distinctive addition to your collection. Unsigned copies of the poster are also available.

Special Dedication of Emancipation Proclamation Stamp Coming in February

EmancipationProc-Forever-single-v5The Emancipation Proclamation stamp will be dedicated at a special ceremony to be held during the Annual Black History Month Luncheon sponsored by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The luncheon will be held Saturday, February 23, at 12:30 p.m. at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. Please note, this is a ticketed event.