When the U.S. Postal Service decided to release a special stamp
recognizing the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, they
wanted a design that would match its Civil War setting.
turns out the presses at Hatch Show Print were exactly what the
project's developers needed to create the design of the stamp, released
earlier this week by the postal service.
The stamp is the first
one that the 133-year-old store has worked on that will reach a national
audience, said Jim Sherraden, the shop's manager. He was thrilled to help with the project because of what the stamp commemorates.
"We're proud to be part of such a momentous occasion in such a modern context," Sherraden said.
historic store, which opened in its first location about 15 years after
the Civil War ended, used some of its original wooden type to evoke the
19th century in a way a digital design
could not. In a design consistent with other layouts the store has
produced, the print quoted the 1863 document and cited the year it was
issued and its author, President Abraham Lincoln.
"I knew about
the fantastic collection of wooden prints Hatch Show Print has and
reached out to them," said Antonio Alcala, the project's art director.
Alcala and Gail Anderson, the project's designer,
flew to Nashville and worked with Sherraden to refine the initial
concept and "Hatcherize it" with the shop's wooden type, which he said
gave the stamp an accurate yet engaging look to commemorate the document
that freed hundreds of thousands of slaves midway through the Civil
"We felt we could create a broadsheet or handout that was [as] authentic to the period as possible," he said.
team involved in the project took three days last year to look through
the store's archives to find the type that would work best with the
design, something that proved key to the overwhelming support the stamp
received from the U.S. Postal Service. The shop was also asked to print
5,000 posters with the design to be sold by postal workers.
don't usually get a lot of time to work on that intimate of a level,"
said Celene Aubry, who worked with Sherradan on the project for Hatch
Show Print. "They got a stamp that was unique and authentic to the
The Emancipation Proclamation stamp is one of three new
Civil Rights stamps that will be issued in 2013. This print, plus the
stamps featuring Rosa Parks and the March on Washington, allow the U.S.
Postal Service to connect the past and the present, Deputy Postmaster
General Ronald A. Stroman said in a release.
"Stamps often tap
into our culture and help us remember the events and people who have had
an impact on American history," he said. "The Emancipation Proclamation
was a powerful symbol of President Lincoln's determination to end the
war, to end slavery and to reconstruct the economy of the country
without slave labor."
Sheets of the limited-edition stamps and posters are available online at www.usps.com/shop.