In which we are noting the passing of the old year, and anticipating the new.
Theme this week:
Anything you wish, and a challenge: can you find a stamp commemorating the end
of something? It is the end of the year after all.
I thought at the time I would have nothing, but there it was, on the US Postal Service website.
This stamp will be issued in January 2013. "With the 2013 Emancipation Proclamation (Forever®) stamp, the U.S. Postal
Service commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation,
which President Abraham Lincoln signed on January 1, 1863." The proclamation did not end slavery in the US forever but it was an amazing start.
From Wikipedia: "The Emancipation Proclamation is an order issued to all segments of the Executive branch (including the Army and Navy) of the United States by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, during the American Civil War. It was based on the president's constitutional authority as commander in chief of the armed forces; it was not a law passed by Congress. It proclaimed all those enslaved in Confederate territory to be forever free, and ordered the Army (and all segments of the Executive branch) to treat as free all those enslaved in ten states that were still in rebellion, thus applying to 3.1 million of the 4 million slaves in the U.S. The Proclamation could not be enforced in areas still under rebellion, but as the army took control of Confederate regions, the slaves in those regions were emancipated rather than returned to their masters. From 20,000 to 50,000 former slaves in regions where rebellion had already been subdued were immediately emancipated, and over 3 million more were emancipated as the Union army advanced. "
The 13th Amendment to the US Constitution ended slavery legally.
Wow. Looking forward to what you have found this week. Remember, feel free to post any stamp you wish if you cannot follow this theme.
I am readying this post at an internet cafe, as I am at my parents on vacation (they have no internet). It will be published automatically. It may be a day or two before I am able to visit your blogs however.
Theme next week: Black stamps, or black items on stamps.