On the eve of the St. Valentine's Day, An Post issued a Love and Marriage stamp as an extension of the popular Wedding stamp series. This year, the stamp is based on a photograph of a red rose – the symbol of love - by award-winning, Galwaybased photographer Kelvin Gillmor.
Roses have long been synonymous with love and marriage and are ancient symbols of love and beauty. The rose was sacred to a number of goddesses including the Greek goddesses Isis and Aphrodite the goddess of love, known as Venus by the Romans.
The 2014 Love and Marriage stamp is available in self-adhesive format in booklets of ten stamps. It will be certain to enhance all wedding stationery and romantic letters and cards with a sense of love and affection. Of course, it is released just in time for St. Valentine's Day. In Ireland, it is estimated over 500,000 Valentine's cards will be sent, over half of which are sent to family members other than husband or wife, usually to children. Interestingly enough, teachers are the people who receive the most Valentine's cards.