The USPS has been taking the wraps off it 2013 stamp issues.  There are several that are beautiful and this author can’t wait to own.  Check out the list on the Beyond the Perf web site.

Of the ones revealed so far, here are 3 that I like — complete text and list of stamps can be found on the site:

150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

With this 2013 stamp, the U.S. Postal Service commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which President Abraham Lincoln signed on January 1, 1863. Lincoln’s proclamation, issued nearly two years into the Civil War, declared that all slaves in the rebel states of the Confederacy “are, and henceforward shall be free.”

Art director Antonio Alcalá worked with graphic designer Gail Anderson to produce this important commemorative stamp, one of a civil rights set being issued in 2013.

The Emancipation Proclamation stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp in self-adhesive sheets of 20. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

Grand Central Terminal

A beloved New York City landmark turns one hundred years old in 2013, and the U.S.  This lovely stamp was created by was created by artist Dan Cosgrove, working with art director Phil Jordan. Grand Central Terminal is being issued at the Express Mail rate.

Puffins

With tufts of bright yellow feathers springing from its head, the tufted puffin looks like a clown to some and a punk rocker to others. Two of these unmistakable sea birds appear on the Tufted Puffins stamp, depicted during breeding season when their signature yellow plumage appears.  Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp, which features a painting by artist Robert Giusti.