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To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Postal Service introduced a limited-edition Forever® Stamp at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., which houses the historic document.
The U.S. Postal Service® commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, declared that all slaves in the rebel states to be free.
First day of issue: January 1, 2013 Washington D.C.
With the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln made the freedom for slaves an explicit goal of the Civil War. The proclamation also authorized the recruitment of black soldiers into the Union Army. Their courage and contributions to the Union's ultimate victory greatly influenced the 13th Amendment to the constitution, outlawing slavery forever.View the Emancipation Proclamation at the National Archives website
Art Director Antonio Alcalá and Designer Gail Anderson evoked the look of the Civil War era. They chose the phrase "Henceforward Shall Be Free" from the Emancipation Proclamation. Hatch Show Print of Nashville, Tennessee, one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America recreated the poster style of the time.
This unique collectible letterpress poster was created using antique wood type and ornamentation set by hand. This poster is limited edition, signed by the artist, and numbered.
Legendary musicians, historic milestones, eminent sports figures – the 2014 stamp program celebrates our nation’s culture. And available exclusively through the 2014 yearbook – The Circus Souvenir Sheet, featuring a stamp with an alternative version of the iconic clown poster.
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