The U.S. Postal Service (USPS), which by the way lost a smooth $15.9 billion in FY 2012, is now accepting orders for limited edition posters commemorating the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
The Emancipation Proclamation, issued on January 1, 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln, authorized "persons held as slaves" in any state to serve in the Union Army and Navy.
Only 5,000 of the posters will be printed, with 1,000 of them signed by graphic designer Gail Anderson. Orders will be fulfilled with the lowest numbers first in the order in which orders are received by the USPS. Unsigned posters are being sold for $29.95 each, with the 1,000 signed posters selling for $49.95 each.
To ensure their individual uniqueness, each poster will be printed using the traditional letterpress process used in the 1860s.
The Emancipation Proclamation Letterpress Posters, as well as the Emancipation Proclamation Forever stamps can be pre-ordered online now from the USPS Postal Store. All orders will be shipped after the first day of issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation Forever stamp early in 2013.
Under the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970, the USPS is authorized by Congress to support its entire operation solely through the sale of postage, and postal products and services. Any item related to the official issuance of a new commemorative U.S. postage stamp, including collectable items, like the Emancipation Proclamation posters, are considered "postal products." In addition, the USPS is authorized to sell products related to philately, or stamp collecting.