Receiving flowers for any occasion—Valentine’s Day, birthday, anniversary—is a joy, but a bouquet that is given spontaneously is a gesture that is never forgotten. The 2005 Love stamp celebrates that spontaneity with a lively and colorful design. Gathered into an informal bouquet, the spring flowers look as if they were picked on a whim, fresh from the garden or field.
The stamp design differs in style from previous Love stamps, which featured precisely drawn flowers that were reminiscent of Victorian Valentine’s Day cards. The art is modern yet whimsical, almost impressionistic. This fresher, looser approach to a floral Love stamp was described by USPS at the time as “symbolic of the warmth, hope, and happiness of love and friendship.”
While flowers are frequently associated with romantic love, they are also symbols of affection and tenderness, a beautiful reminder that the recipient was in someone’s thoughts.
Don’t forget: The 2013 Love stamp. Sealed with Love, was issued Wednesday, January 30, and is now available online and in Post Offices nationwide.