Love and Marriage
On February 8, 2018, An Post will issue its ever popular Love and Marriage stamp for the twelfth consecutive year.
Every year approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged around the world and we are delighted that our new stamp will be part of the process.
Valentine’s Day cards first appeared in Britain in the 18th century. This part of the year had been celebrated as a time of love since the early Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia from 13-15 February every year.
The first cards were, of course, handmade as commercial interests took a while to realize what was happening. The first pre-printed Valentine’s Day cards appeared in Georgian Britain and it took quite a while for the public to warm to them. The oldest surviving example that we know of dates from 1797 and was sent by Catherine Mossday to a Mr Brown of London.
Of course, our 2018 Love & Marriage stamp is not just for St. Valentine’s Day. It also adds a very special and romantic touch to wedding invites, letters, cards and gifts between people who want to express love and affection.
This year’s stamp is based on an illustration by Liz Rackard of a lino-printed heart in red, the colour of passion and romance. As always, our Love & Marriage stamp is available in self-adhesive booklets of ten and is one of the most popular issues we make every year.