U.S. Postal Service Dedicates 2004 Love Stamps

March 4th, 2004

Now that you've grown accustomed to the sparkle, you've chosen the dress, fireplaces, chandeliers and antiques for a storybook wedding, it's time now to make that first impression of style and form that you want for your special day.

Thanks to the U.S. Postal Service, the 37-cent Garden Bouquet and 60-cent Garden Botanical stamps will gracefully and elegantly add just the right "touch of class" for invitations, announcements and greetings.

A first-day-of-issue ceremony for the new commemorative postage stamps took place on March 4 in Madison Square Garden.

The 37-cent stamp art - a bouquet of white lilacs and pink roses - is a reproduction of a chromolithograph probably printed in Germany circa 1880-1900. The artist and engraver are unknown. The 60-cent stamp - a botanical illustration of five varieties of simple pink roses - is a reproduction of a chromolithograph created from a drawing by English artist Anne Pratt. This drawing was one of hundreds appearing in a five-volume book of Pratt's illustrations published in England between 1850-1866 and reprinted in England and New York between 1889 and 1900.

Richard Sheaff of Scottsdale, Ariz., was the designer and art director for both stamps. Seven hundred fifty million Garden Bouquet and 150 million Garden Botanical self-adhesive stamps were printed.

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