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U.S. Postal Service Issues Garden of Love Forever Stamps

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Love can now last forever as the U.S. Postal Service has issued the Garden of Love Forever stamps and related philatelic products.

The set consist of 10 different designs on a pane of 20 stamps. The design depicts a colorful mosaic of flora and fauna in a garden setting. These stamps are a continuation of the Love series, begun in 1973, and are designed for use on Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and Father's Day cards, as well as on other occasions when love and affection are expressed.

Award-winning illustrator Jose Ortega of New York City and Toronto depicts an abstract garden of bright flowers, a butterfly, a strawberry and doves, interlaced with vines that run from one stamp to another. Each prominent element of the design is in the shape of a heart. The deep blue background is reminiscent of a brilliant summer sky. The word "Love' sits on top each stamp.

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