2007 41¢ Hearts
Issue Date: June 27, 2007
City: Washington, DC
Printed By: Ashton-Potter (USA) Ltd
Printing Method: Lithographed
Perforations: Serpentine die cut 10 ¾
Two 2007 wedding stamps feature the heart shape. The heart has been the universal symbol of love for thousands of years. Ancient Greeks believed that the heart was the source of the deepest and most sincere human emotions. Vine designs with heart-shaped leaves graced Minoan clay vessels dating to 2000 B.C. Later, Romans and then Christians adopted heart-shaped leaves, representing eternal love, to decorate the tombs of their dead. The transformation from heart-shaped leaves to the familiar red heart we see today is found in book illustrations dating back to medieval Europe. Then, as now, the red heart symbolizes romantic love.