Get Your Valentine A Loveland Postmark

Cachet Includes Poem By Third-Grader

Although Valentine's Day is a month away, love is already in the air.

The Loveland Chamber of Commerce released this year's official valentine stamp and cachet that is part of the city's 58-year-old re-mailing program. The verse that comes with the stamp was written this year by a local third-grader. It says, "Candy is sweet, lemons are sour, I'll be loving you through the midnight hour."

If you want the postmark, you need to get your cards to Loveland soon.

Mail your cards in a larger envelope to: Postmaster Attention: Valentines Loveland, CO 80538-9998

Loveland's remailing program is the largest of its kind in the world. Each year, more than 200,000 valentines from around the world arrive at the downtown post office, where volunteers stamp the envelopes with the Loveland postmark and send them to their destination.

The idea blossomed in 1946 between Elmer Ivers, Loveland's postmaster, Chamber of Commerce President Ted W. Thompson and his wife, Mabel. They wanted to share the romantic name of their town with the world. In February 1947, the Loveland Valentine Remailing Program began. Since then, several million valentines have gotten a hand-stamped Loveland cachet.

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