Art of the Stamp
From the Collection of the United States Postal Services



Love: Swans
Acrylic on paper

Artist: Marvin Mattelson
Art director: Carl T. Herrman
First day of issue: February 4, 1997

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Marvin Mattelson was originally commissioned to develop a “Thinking of You” stamp, but his sketch for this elegant painting found a welcome home in the Love series. This stamp was the first Love design not to feature the actual word somewhere in the art; the design team felt that the swans’ heart-shaped necks implied the subject perfectly.


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