Nothing says “romance” better than flowers. In 1982, the U.S. Postal Service released its first floral Love stamp with the word “LOVE” spelled out in colorful blossoms. The design is simple and beautiful. But could those lovely blooms also hold secret meanings?
For centuries certain flowers have conveyed particular sentiments, from religious to romantic. The Victorians were especially adept at communicating with flowers and raised the floral bouquet to new romantic heights by using a language of flowers to proclaim feelings that could not be spoken aloud.
The flowers on the 1982 stamp may be stylized, but the blooms send a message nontheless. The pansies, for example, say, “I’m thinking of you,” while the blue flowers signify calming beauty and tranquility, as well as trust. The gerbera daisies represent innocence, and the pink flowers convey joy. The message of this arrangement could reflect the sender’s feelings for the recipient, whose presence offers joy, beauty, and tranquility.
Have you ever used flowers—or floral stamps—to send a message to a loved one?