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U.S. Postal Service issues first stamp of the year

WASHINGTON, DC — There are many reasons to say “I love you” and countless ways to show you care. The U.S. Postal Service begins the year with a new Love stamp. Love 2021, the latest stamp in the popular Love series, features a colorful and lighthearted digital illustration.

The first stamp in the series was issued in 1973 and the Love 2021 stamps are now available nationwide.

“The Love 2021 Forever stamp adds a special touch to cards and letters,” said USPS Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President Pritha Mehra, the dedicating official. “It shows thoughtfulness and care have been included, inside and out.”

There is renewed enthusiasm for handwritten notes that express exactly how you feel. Sending a card to a loved one or friend is a special way to declare your affection, friendship, gratitude or devotion. Many cards are intentionally left blank inside so you can personalize your message for any occasion or send a greeting for no particular reason at all.

Playful, graphic lettering on these stamps will add color and whimsy to your mailings. The stamp art features the word “love” and three large hearts in an unconventional palette of color duos, strikingly set against a dark blue background. The design also includes a smaller heart, a rectangle and a semicircle.

The first-day-of-issue location for the stamp is Loveland, CO. For 75 years, the city’s Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the Postal Service for an internationally renowned Valentine Remailing Program. Every year, more than 100,000 valentines, packaged inside larger envelopes, are sent to Loveland, where volunteers handstamp them with a Valentine’s Day verse and send them on to the intended recipients. A contest is held each year for residents to submit their designs and verses.

Greg Breeding was art director. Bailey Sullivan created the original art and designed the stamp.

Love 2021 is being issued as a Forever stamp in panes of 20. Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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