The Secret Language of Floral Love Stamps

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?

1982 FlowersFor 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?

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About USPS Stamps

The Postal Service™ is proud of its role in portraying the American experience to a world audience through the issuance of postage stamps and postal stationery. Each year the Postal Service issues commemorative stamps reflecting subjects of national significance and appeal. More than 160 years of stamp development has yielded an incredible archive of imagery and commentary reflecting American culture and society. Even in this fast-changing world, stamps are still a versatile and convenient method of postage. And stamp collecting is a lifetime hobby that is fun and educational for all ages. Stamp collecting is easy to start without a big investment. It is also a great way to learn about the world and its many wonders, opening the door to an exciting universe of history, science, geography, the arts, technology, and sports. Our mission is to provide universal service that is prompt, reliable, efficient, affordable, and self-sustaining. Throughout its history the Postal Service has grown with the nation, binding it together by ensuring that everyone, everywhere, has the same ability to communicate regardless of technological change.