Love, your magic spell is everywhere - including on U.S. stamps.
The U.S. Postal Service has issued 32-cent and 55-cent "Love Cherub" stamps in its "Love" series. The new stamps are the 14th to be issued by the Postal Service since 1973.The 1-ounce rate (32 cents) and 2 ounces (55 cents) stamps designed by Terry McCaffrey of Leesburg, Va., feature the two popular cherubs included in Raphael's Renaissance masterpiece "Sistine Madonna." The painting that defined the ideal and harmonious beauty of the Renaissance is on display at the Gemaldegalerie in Dresden, Germany.
In 1973, when the first Love stamp was issued, there was no indication that it would be the forerunner of the continuing series. The next Love stamp did not appear until 1982 - but public demand called for more such stamps on an annual basis.
Last year's Love stamps consisted of a heart-shaped sun rising over the horizon and a Victorian-style arrangement of doves and roses.
First-day covers with the new Love stamps affixed and postmarked with the official "first day of issue" cancellation can be ordered from the Philatelic Fulfillment Service Center, U.S. Postal Service, P.O. Box 419636, Kansas City, MO 64141-6636. Or phone 1-800-STAMP-24.
- Syd Kronish