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Love stamp dedicated in Romeo, MI

Alex Stubbs, who served as the Romeo, MI, postmaster for 26 years, displays the Love stamps.

The Postal Service dedicated the latest stamp in its Love series during a ceremony in the historic village of Romeo, MI, on Jan. 14.

“The joy I receive from flowers is similar to the joy I feel when I receive mail from a loved one,” Shavon Keys, Sales vice president, said at the event. “The Postal Service has successfully captured the delight and exuberance of love since its first stamp in the Love series, issued in 1973.”

The stamp comes in two designs, with floral illustrations reminiscent of old European folk art, as well as a subtle heart design specific to each stamp. The stamps were illustrated and designed by Bailey Sullivan with art direction by Greg Breeding.

Keys was joined in the ceremony by Christine Malzahn, president of the village of Romeo; Kelley Stephens, executive director of the Greater Romeo-Washington Chamber of Commerce; and Alex Stubbs, who served as Romeo’s postmaster for 26 years.

Ruth Heidebreicht, owner of local media outlet, was master of ceremonies.

USPS releases the Love stamp in mid-January so customers have a chance to purchase them in time for Valentine’s Day. They are also popular for cards, invitations and thank-you notes.

The village of Romeo will offer a romantic pictorial postmark throughout February, a tradition that Stubbs helped set in motion.

Said Stubbs: “For 28 consecutive years, the village of Romeo’s special postmark has brought customers from all over the country and around the world a little closer.”