Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and the 2013 Love stamp is the perfect way to adorn cards and letters to your loved ones.
Evoking the romance of a bygone era, the Sealed with Love stamp depicts an envelope fastened with an elegant wax seal that recalls the joy and beauty of handwritten love letters. The exquisite delicacy of the stamp art invites us to send our own love letters, a romantic gesture that never goes out of style.
Love letters have a long history, but the Victorians were among the most ardent letter writers and believed there was a proper way to compose letters, particularly love letters. Etiquette manuals aided Victorian romantics in penning appropriate letters to their beloveds. While these books reflected the Victorian obsession with propriety, the senders still wished to make their feelings known, and there was a precise etiquette for using sealing wax. Although today red is the color most associated with passion, in the mid-1800s, blue was the color of love, with wax of various shades denoting the degree of emotion felt by the sender.
The Sealed with Love stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. (Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.) Look for it online or at your local Post Office.