You probably wouldn’t immediately associate legendary singer Tony Bennett with a postage stamp, but believe it or not there is a connection. On January 30, 1987, the new Love stamp was released to the public during a ceremony at the historic Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, California. Mr. Bennett, who frequently performed at the hotel, arrived on a cable car and entertained the First Day of Issue crowd with his classic rendition of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”
The stamp itself had made an earlier, splashier debut. On December 31, 1986, a huge reproduction of the stamp slowly descended from the clock tower of the Old Post Office Pavilion in Washington, D.C., touching down at the stroke of midnight, with laser lights illuminating the design and the tower bells ringing in the New Year.
This was the fourth year that the Love stamp had been announced with such fanfare. What a way to begin a new year!