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Stamp of freedom

Graphic Design, Type / Typography

Posted by Creative Review, 2 January 2013, 14:24    Permalink    Comments (3)

A new US stamp commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which President Abraham Lincoln signed on January 1, 1863, freeing all slaves in the rebel Confederate states

The stamp was created by art director Antonio Alcalá and graphic designer Gail Anderson. To evoke the typography of Civil War era 'broadsides' (printed flyposters often proclaiming public meetings or used for announcements), the pair worked with Hatch Show Print in Nashville, one of the oldest working letterpress printshops in the US.

A 16 x 23-inch version of the stamp (above) is available to buy as a poster.

First day cover and presentation pack with stamp sheet

The Emancipation Proclamation stamp is part of a civil rights set being issued by the US Postal Service in 2013. The two other stamps commemorate significant anniversaries in the struggle for African-American civil rights. One of them celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rosa Parks who, in 1955, famously refused to give up her seat on a municipal bus to a white man.

Portrait by Thomas Blackshear II, design by Derry Noyes.

The third stamp in the series is yet to be announced.

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2013-01-02 15:18:17

@ m
Ha! Sorry, terrible slip of the keyboard. 1955 of course!
CR PatrickBurgoyne
2013-01-02 15:23:40

I couldn't understand how the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rosa Parks?
Wijdan Rohail
2013-01-03 07:04:48

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