Love: Swans (1997)

two swans facing each other, their necks form the shape of a heart

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

Acrylic on paper

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.

Art of the Stamp