Monday, February 11, 2008

St. Valentine's Day - Fashionable Stamps

St. Valentine's Day is associated with greeting cards, chocolates, teddy bears, and perfumes given to the one you love. It is only fitting that the French and their long-time association with romance, would let fashion designers design stamps for St. Valentine's Day.

The French post office has recently issued stamps in a variety of shapes. For a number of years, they have issued St. Valentine's Day stamps in a square block that is perforated so that it can be rendered into a heart-shaped stamp.

Starting about 7 years ago, France allowed fashion designers and their firms to create the stamp design. Many famous designers have been active in the yearly issues ... names such as Yves Saint-Laurent, Christian Lacroix, and Chanel.

In 2007, France offered this heart-shaped stamp designed by Givenchy, a well-known French design firm with ties to Hollywood. The actress Audrey Hepburn wore Givenchy designed clothes, and the family of U.S. President John F. Kennedy were patrons of Givenchy.

The heart-shaped stamps offer French citizens a fun way to send Valentine's cards to their loved ones.

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