Today, February 5, the United States Postal Service (USPS) celebrates Lunar New Year by issuing its 2016 Year of the Monkey stamp. The stamp art features two bright reddish-orange peonies against a purple background, illustrated by Kam Mak. Peonies symbolize wealth and honor in Chinese culture and often decorate the sides of the traditional drums played during the holiday festivities. Art director and stamp designer Ethel Kessler incorporated elements from previous series of Lunar New Year stamps to create continuity between the series. (READ MORE)
The 85th Annual Academy Awards nominations were announced early this morning. Leading the pack with 12 nominations — including for best picture — was Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg. I saw Lincoln last weekend and thought it was excellent — definitely my choice for this year’s best picture. I also predict that Daniel Day-Lewis (Abraham Lincoln), Sally Field (Mary Todd Lincoln) and Tommy Lee Jones (Thaddeus Stevens) will win for best actor and supporting actress/actor for their performances in the film.
On a related design note, the 2013 Emancipation Proclamation (Forever®)stamp was issued by the U.S. Postal Service on January 1 and commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which President Abraham Lincoln signed on January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation stamp is one of a civil rights set being issued in 2013.