This 5-cent stamp marking the centennial anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation was first placed on sale at Chicago, Illinois, on August 16, 1963, the opening day of the Century of Negro Progress Exposition in that city. This stamp, designed by Georg Olden, depicts a severed link in a massive black chain against a blue background. The inscription "United States" is in red with the dates "1863-1963," the denomination, and the wording "Emancipation Proclamation" in blue.
Printed on the Giori press, this stamp was issued in panes of fifty. An initial printing of 120 million stamps was authorized.
Postal Bulletin (July 11, 1963).