Can it really be time to think about sending Valentine cards? Volunteers in The Sweetheart City of Loveland, Colorado are gearing up for their busiest weeks of the year. Since 1947 the Loveland program has remailed more than 12 million Valentines with special cachets and verses – the largest postmark remailing program in the world. The Loveland Chamber of Commerce operates the program in partnership with the Loveland Post Office which creates a special cancellation annually.
Each year a pictorial and love verse are selected from dozens of entries. The art for this year’s cachet was designed by Corry McDowell, a repeat winner. Wearing a cowboy get-up “Dan Cupid” sits by a heart-clad light pole overlooking Lake Loveland. The 2009 cache verse was written by Teresa Boynton. It reads:
“From the Sweetheart City
I sent this Valentine to you,
With lots of good wishes
For the whole year through.”
More than 200,000 Valentines from every state and 100+ countries will arrive in Loveland. Senior volunteers gather to hand stamp the cupid cachet and love verse – a true labor of love.
The 2009 “Official Loveland Valentine Card” designed by Corry McDowell and produced by the Chamber of Commerce can be ordered by calling 970-667-6311 or in Loveland retail outlets.
To receive the Loveland cancellation and Valentine cachet, enclose pre-addressed cards affixed with the proper postage in a larger envelope and mail 1st class to:
446 E. 29th St.
Loveland, CO 80538-9998
The cards are removed from the larger envelope at the Post Office. To ensure delivery by Valentine’s Day 2009, foreign mail must be received in Loveland by February 4, U.S. destined mail by February 9, and in-state Colorado by February 12. Many Colorado King Soopers and City Market stores have Loveland Valentine Remailing boxes where you can drop off you pre-stamped and addressed cards. Be sure you have attached the correct postage on your cards.
Add a little extra love from Loveland to your Valentines this year.
Photo from Loveland Chamber of Commerce