Love and the sweet smell of chocolate filled the air today during an event at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. The U.S. Postal Service dedicated the 2007 With Love and Kisses stamp, which is available nationwide today.
"Americans traditionally send something sweet in their envelopes on Valentine's Day," said John E. Potter, postmaster general and chief executive officer, U.S. Postal Service, at the stamp dedication ceremony. "With the With Love and Kisses stamp, they can now put something sweet on their envelope."
The Postal Service began issuing its popular Love stamps in 1973, and the With Love and Kisses stamp marks the 23rd in the series. Over the years these stamps have been used on wedding correspondence, Valentine's Day sentiments and Mother's Day and Father's Day cards.
Award-winning illustrator Jose Ortega of New York City and Toronto, who designed the With Love and Kisses stamp, previously designed the Salsa stamp, one of four stamps that appeared as part of the 2005 Let's Dance: Bailemos! stamp issue.