Issued by
United States Postal Service, American, founded 1775
Designed by
Anderson, Gail, American, born 1962
Subject of
President Lincoln, Abraham, American, 1809 - 1865
ink on paper (fiber product) with adhesive
H x W: 3 5/8 × 2 9/16 in. (9.2 × 6.5 cm)
Gail Anderson is a New York based designer and partner at Anderson Newton Design. Since 1987, Anderson has worked in the field of design at design firms, advertising agencies, and publications. Her work has received awards from major design organizations, including the Society of Publication Designers and the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). In 2008 she received a Lifetime Achievement Medal from the AIGA. Anderson currently works as Creative Director at the School of Visual Arts Press and is on the Citizen Stamp Advisory Committee for the US Post Office. In 2013, the US Postal Service commissioned Anderson to design the commemorative stamp for the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. Anderson was only the second African American designer tapped to design a commemorative stamp, the first being Georg Olden who designed the Proclamation’s 100th anniversary stamp in 1963.
A First-Day-of-Issue envelope with the USPS Emancipation Proclamation Forever Stamp. The envelope is a rectangular white envelope with a straight-edge fold over the opening. Slightly to the right of center of the envelope is text stamped in dark blue and red ink. It reads “First Day of Issue / EMANCIPATION / PROCLAMATION / January 1, 2013 * Washington, DC 20066 / FREEDOM.” The word “Proclamation” is in red, the rest of the text is in blue. Above the first line are three stars with a line of diamond shapes on either side. These are in an off-white color ink. They form a decorative border on either side of “First Day of Issue.” There is a double line border on either side of the word “Freedom” also in the off-white ink, with a red star at either end. In the envelope’s upper right corner is a Forever stamp. The stamp has an off-white background and is covered in text in black and red ink that reads [HENCEFORWARD / SHALL BE / FREE / EMANCIPATION / PROCLAMATION / ABRAHAM LINCOLN / ***1863*** / FOREVER*** USA]. The phrase “Shall be free” and the name “Abraham Lincoln” are in red, the rest of the text is in black ink. The back of the envelope is blank.
Place depicted
United States, North and Central America
Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
postage stamps
Graphic design
U.S. History, Civil War, 1861-1865
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Gail Anderson
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© United States Postal Service
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