Ah! Valentine’s Day…

Here in Thailand, it’s a time when high school students buy large stuffed animals and imitation roses for their not-so-secret crushes and all the other kids, young and old alike, plaster each other’s shirts with heart-shaped stickers. This year, there is a bit of added meaning as my 600+ students (7 and 10-year-olds) are returning to school on 14 February following months of learning online.  At least, the children who are fully vaccinated and whose parents are not scared by the still rapidly increasing COVID-19 case numbers (more than 16,000 just today) will be returning.

It is also the time of year when the New Issues announcements are flooded with pink or red stamps and I have to constantly check whether those are intended for the Lunar New Year or the Day of Love.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like there are very many of the latter in 2022 as for previous years.  I suppose it is more difficult to love when one needs to remain distanced from their loved ones.  While I do not really collect stamps picturing hearts or flowers (any of which can be used during this special day), I certainly have accumulated my fair share of Valentine’s Day stamps over the years. I suppose the easiest (and cheapest) for me to obtain would be that of Thailand’s but my nearby philatelic center remains locked-up tight and the adjacent post office (both a mere 10-minute walk from my home) is still not receiving any of the Kingdom’s new stamp issues.  (Heavy sigh!)

I hope you enjoy a glance at 2022’s Valentine’s Day stamps and the various first day covers, etc.

Valentine’s Day 2022 Stamps

 

19

January

2022

Finland

Buddies


 5 stamps

 

Buddies

In Finland, Valentine’s Day is the second most popular card season immediately after Christmas. Valentine’s Day will be celebrated on Monday, February 14. Leena Kisonen was chosen as the illustrator for the 2022 Valentine’s Day stamps. “All my works are designed by Scandinavian design style, exceptional color combinations and playfulness. Posti wanted to have this spirit also in the stamp illustrations depicting moments of friendship, joy and sharing.”

“Stamps are one of the smallest items I have ever illustrated. The small size brought its own challenges to the design work, which was fun. A stamp must be interesting and at the same time simple and clear in order for it to work in small size,” Leena says.

In her illustrations, Leena combines paper cutting and vector graphics. “I first cut the elements of my work from paper, then scan them and construct the final illustrations digitally on a computer. My work is therefore a combination of handiwork and digital techniques. I particularly like the organic look of paper cuttings.’

The Valentine’s Day stamps were created in the middle of the long lockdown in London in spring 2021. “I moved to London in December 2020 and was still very new to the city when I was designing the stamps. Due to the lockdown, I couldn’t really leave my apartment, the weather was gray and I missed my friends in Finland. You could say that the colorful stamps were inspired by my colorful friends,” Leena says.

Friendship Stories will be issued as a 10-stamp sheet containing five different domestic no-value indicator stamps.

Date of issue 19.1.2022

With no-value indicator stamps you can mail letters and cards in Finland and it is always valid. You can mail a letter max. 50 grams with one stamp. For heavier letters you need multiple stamps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28

January

2022

France

Valentine’s Day 2022 – Heart of Saint-Louis Crystal Factory


 3 stamps

Saint-Louis Crystal Factory

The Compagnie des Cristalleries de Saint-Louis1 is a French crystal manufacturer that produces pieces in the fields of decoration, tableware, lighting and furniture. Founded in 1586 in the Münzthal valley in Moselle, it is the oldest crystal factory in France. It belongs to the Hermès group.

Every day, the crystal pieces are mouth-blown, cut and decorated by hand by the artisans of the crystal factory.

The manufacture remains to this day the only site for the manufacture of Saint-Louis crystal pieces, and its workshops can be visited in addition to its museum, La Grande Place2, inaugurated in June 2007.

Valentine’s Day stamps celebrating the Saint-Louis crystal factory have been issued as part of the year 2022 proclaimed by the United Nations “International Year of Glass”.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

Denominations: €1.16 (green letter up to 20g), €2.32 (green letter 20 to 100g)

Perforation: 13 (gummed); Die-Cut Perforation: 11 (self-adhesive)
Dimensions: stamps — 38x38mm; gummed sheet — 135×143 mm; self-adhesive sheets — 142×188 mm
Colors: light blue, dark blue and pink-orange; pink-orange and blue
Printing method: offset lithography
Format: gummed — 5 stamps per sheet; self-adhesive — 12 stamps per sheet per design
Quantity: gummed stamp — 2,750,000 copies (550,000 sheets); self-adhesive stamps — 2,520,000 copies (210,000 sheets) of €1.16 stamps; 1,120,000 copies (100,000 sheets of €2.32 stamps

Graphic design by Hugues Micol

 

 

 

 

03

February

2022

Ireland

Love


 1 stamp

Booklet of 10 National Stamps (Love)

From February 3 onwards, people will have an opportunity to attach special good wishes to their letters or cards when we issue our annual Love stamp for 2022 on that date.

Whether it’s writing to relatives and friends or communicating about joyous occasions like weddings, engagements and family birthdays, our distinctive stamp design is sure to embellish your greeting or message.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

Date of Issue: February 3, 2022
Design: Alan Dunne
Value and Quantities: N (500k Booklets)
Collectors’ pair (6k)
Stamp Size: 31.75mm x 30.78mm
Paper: TR 246gsm self-adheive
Colour: Multicolour with phosphor tagging
Make-up: Booklet of 10, Collectors’ pair
Perforations: 10.5 x 10.5 (approx.)
Printing Process: Lithography
Printer: Royal Joh. Enschedé

 

 

 

 

 

10

February

2022

Philippines

Valentine’s Day 2022


 1 miniature sheet of 8 stamps

 

 

Note:  PHL Post has not (as of this writing, the evening of 13 February 2022) publicized these stamps on their own website.  The above image was a brief posting on Rappler.com while there have also been some images from the first day of issue ceremony posted on Facebook (seen below).  The most recent press release by PHL Post was published on 9 February, concerning the Post Office’s “Express Pada-LOVE” launching on Valentine’s Day.  An accompanying graphic does mention that new stamps were released on 10 February.

 

 

Please help in sending high-quality scans of the stamps and first day cover, if you have them.  Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28

January

2022

Slovenia

Greetings of the Heart


 1 stamp

 

 

Greetings of the heart

In the modern world the heart is a symbol of love, both profane and divine. It can also symbolise friendship and even sadness. But in all cultures in the world the heart has very different meanings and symbolic connections, and is not just the established symbol of red that decisively marks the commercialised global holiday of Valentine’s Day (14 February).

For each person the heart is principally the centre of life, will and reason, in other words their main organ or their core. According to some thinkers, great thoughts come from the heart. In the period of Antiquity, during Greek and Roman times, the heart did not have such a big symbolic significance as in later periods. One legend alone tells us that Zeus supposedly swallowed the still beating heart of the dead Zagreus and then through Semele bore Dionysus.

In the Bible the heart is a symbol of a person’s inner self, their emotionality, wisdom and intelligence. To give someone your heart means complete devotion and steadfast love. More than 200 years ago the expression to love with all one’s heart was explained by the fact that the heart is the first organ to develop and the last to die. For this reason ‘with all one’s heart’ meant ‘until one’s final breath’. The opposite of this is a broken heart, which still means disappointment, sadness and misfortune.

Prof Dr Janez Bogataj

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

Release date: 28.1.2022
Design: Marjeta Kovačič
Motive: Love
Print: Royal Joh. Enschedé, Netherlands
Technique: 4-colour offset in sheetlets of 10 stamps
Papir: Tullis Russell Chancellor Litho PVA RMS GUM, 102 g/m2
Perforation: Comb 14 : 14

 

 

 

 

 

01

February

2022

SWITZERLAND

Kiss


 1 stamp

 

 

Stamp «Kiss»

Product number A394150

Single stamp of CHF 1.10, self-adhesive, mint

In the run-up to Valentine’s Day on 14 February, Swiss Post is issuing a “Kiss” stamp on 1 February. In the shape of puckered lips, it’s not just ideal for love letters, but all kinds of warm and affectionate messages.

The Feast of St Valentine – a figure believed to represent various Christian martyrs – was established as a church festival in 469 and has been associated with romantic love since the 14th century. Lovers in England have declared their passion on this date since the 18th century. The tradition spread from there, initially within English-speaking countries and then throughout the world, partly due to the stationing of US soldiers.

What’s more romantic than a love letter? The new special stamp was created in the form of a kiss with a heart in the middle to give lovers a fitting way of franking their message. To achieve the desired effect, Zurich-based illustrator Isabelle Bühler firstly made the mouth from paper and then photographed it digitally from the right angle.

These self-adhesive stamps are perfect for sending correspondence such as wedding invitations.

 

 

 

 

 

07

February

2022

THailand

Symbol of Love


 1 stamp

 

 

Purple Roses: Conveying Meanings from the Heart

Roses are often used a symbol of showing love to one another.  According to Greek legend, the rose symbolizes the birth of Venus, the goddess of beauty and love.  Her tears were mixed with the blood of her lover, Adonis, who was killed by a wild boar, which had then transformed into a dark red flower which is the rose.  Each rose color conveys different meaning.  Purple roses are a symbol of power and elegance and considered to be a rare flower in Thailand.

In 2022, “Very Peri Purple” was announced as the Color of the Year  2022 by The PANTONE color specialist institute.  Since COVID-19, it is also a color of the virtual trend or Metaverse, that will play an increasing role in people’s daily lives.  Its meaning reflects the courage to adapt and change.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

Issue #1227: Symbol Of Love Postage Stamp
Date of Issue: 7 February 2022
Denomination: 10 baht
Quantity: 800,000 pieces
Size: 40 x 40 mm
Designer: Ms. Euamporn Supharoekchai (Thailand Post Company Limited)
Printer: T.K.S. Technologies Public Company Limited, Thailand
Printing Process: Lithography multi-colour
Color: Special Color with Fragrance
Sheet Composition: 10 stamps
First Day Cover: 19 baht

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

January

2022

United States

Love Flowers


2 stamp designs (panes of 20 – 10 of each design; also released with No Die Cuts)

 

 

Love Flowers

On January 14, 2022, in Romeo, MI, the United States Postal Service® will issue the Love 2022 stamps (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in two designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 578200). These stamps will go on sale nationwide January 14, 2022, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue.

The two new Love 2022 stamps with similar designs feature graphic illustrations of flowers inspired by old European folk art. Twisting vines, which hold small petaled flowers form abstract heart shapes. The word “Love” is interspersed among the decorative vines. The background of one stamp is powder blue, the other stamp is coral. Greg Breeding was art director; Bailey Sullivan created the original art and designed the stamps.

The town was named Romeo because the founders wanted something romantic. On February 14 of each year, the village of Romeo offers a special dual postmark with the community of Juliette, Georgia.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

Issue Date & City: 14 January 2022, Romeo, Michigan 48065

Art Director: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Designer: Bailey Sullivan, Brooklyn, NY
Illustrator: Bailey Sullivan, Brooklyn, NY
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process: Offset lithography
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Paper: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Pressure-sensitive
Stamp size: 30.226 x 23.114 mm
Full pane size: 146.304 x 140.97 mm
Denomination and Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Pane of 20
Print Quantity: 150,000,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

February

2022

Vietnam

Love


 1 stamp in sheets and booklets (also released imperforate)

 

 

Love Stamps (Set 2)

‎Love is expressed between man and man, with life and everything around. Beyond the limits of space, time, gender, and age, love has become the purest, most sacred, and noblest feeling.‎

‎With the desire to convey the message of love full of humanity and meaning, the Ministry of Information and Communications issued a set of “Love Stamps” consisting of 01 sample, face price 4,000 VND

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:
‎Release date‎ : 14/02/2022
‎Expiration date:‎ : 31/12/2023
‎Stamp/set template ‎ : 1
‎Framework‎ : 37×37 (mm)
‎Number of stamps printed on the sheet‎ : 20
‎Designer‎ ‎: Nguyen Quang Vinh‎
‎Printing‎ ‎: Offset many colors at Postage Stamp Printing Company‎

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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