Interesting that the USPS has issued a stamp picturing an ancient method of keeping letters in an envelope in transit: sealing wax. Those that buck the trend of communicating by email in favor of old fashioned snail mail are delighted by the nostalgic and romantic allure of the stamp.
Ironically, if one uses actual sealing wax today, the automatic sorting machinery of the USPS will likely tear or destroy the envelope. Those that want to send items with sealing wax applied use new flexible wax.
The central design portion of the new Sealed With Love Forever Stamp, features a heart within a heart and will be produced with a slight bas-relief effect, to imitate the feel of raised sealing wax, though it will not be of the mass of the real thing.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 will be the date of issue for the stamp to be issued in Loveland, CO 80538.
Graphic designer Louise Fili and art director Derry Noyes contributed to the Sealed With Love stamp, while Jessica Hische was the illustrator.
Stamp image © USPS