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Love American Style

Recognizing an opportunity to spread the love for Valentine’s Day, the United States Post Office created a uspo love stampcommemorative stamp series dedicated to love. The USPS issues new Love stamps annually with design featuring a wide range of subjects, including flowers, animals, cherubs and love letters, as well as abstract designs. The series, originally intended to be used for Valentine’s Day, has also been popular for wedding correspondence, and Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards.
 
The first Love stamp was issued by the Postal Service in 1973 with a denomination of 8-cents and an iconic design by pop artist Robert Indiana. The first issue was a printing production of 320 million stamps
 
The artist’s bio and a picture of the stamp may be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Indiana)
 
Last year, the Valentine issue celebrated America’s love of chocolate. The 2007 Love Stamp featues a Hershey’s Kisses chocolate and a red heart that form mirror images of one another. “Love” is written on the heart and “Kisses” appears on the signature white ribbon that extends from the top. The design was created by illustrator José Ortega who previously designed the Salsa stamp, one of four stamps that appeared as part of the 2005 Let’s Dance/Bailemos issuance.
 
See it here: http://www.usps.com/communications/news/press/2007/sr07_004.htm
 
The 2008 Love stamp is titled All Heart and is a departure from the traditional concepts of the commemorative series. The illustrator was Paul Zwolak, who created his design under the direction of Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, MD. The unique take on ‘love’ features an oversized heart being transported by its owner. The message it conveys is that a heart filled with love could be a gift to one’s beloved, rather than the usual flowers or candy.
 
See it here: http://stamps.about.com/od/newsandculture/ig/2008-U-S–Stamp-Program/All-Heart-Single.htm

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