Tuesday, February 14, 2012

French Valentine's Day Stamps

The Squidoo website reports, "Every year, for Valentine day, La Poste (the French postal service) issues postage stamps designed by the greatest name in the French fashion industry. These Valentine day stamps are heart shaped and comes in various denomination and presentation. They are gorgeous tiny pieces of art, and can make a cheap affordable collection."

According to the site, "The first ever France Valentine day 'designer hearts' postage stamps were issued in 2000. The stamps, designed by the Yves Saint-Laurent couture house, represent 2 facing snakes and a face. These valentine stamps were also available in a booklet of 10 adhesive stamps and a souvenir sheet."

It goes on to say, "For the basic collection (regular stamps, self-adhesive stamps and souvenir sheet) you will not ruin yourself! The souvenir sheets are at the most 10$ a piece. Don't pay more than that per piece!! The regular stamps runs between 1.50$-3$ a piece. The adhesive version are a bit harder to find and can run up to 5$-8$ (then again, don't pay more than this)."

Shown above, 2011 French valentine souvenir sheet and stamps. Designed by Maurizio Galante, they can be colored or written on as can been from the side inscription.

Click here to see other designer Valentine stamps issued by France.

Click here to view various "Love" stamps issued by the United States over the years.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM