70 Years of Loveland Valentines!

The 2016 Loveland Valentine card, designed by John Metcalf.

The 2016 Loveland Valentine card, designed by John Metcalf.

The Loveland Valentine Remailing Program is celebrating 70 years, and this year’s official valentine looks back at that history.

This years card was designed by local designer, John Metcalf.  The card is a photomontage of 27 past official Loveland valentines cards.  Metcalf said he hoped would represent the program throughout the years.

Last year, volunteers hand-stamp about 200,000 valentines with the city’s special Postal Service cancellation every year. The cards came from all 50 states and 110 countries.

The verse this year was written by Marjorie Franckum, who submitted multiple versions to the selection committee.  The final version is actually a combination of pieces of each assembled into the winning prose:

The verse inside the 2016 Loveland Valentines Card

The verse inside the 2016 Loveland Valentines Card

This year’s Cachet verse was composed by Dixie Daly, who works for the chamber.  She loves to write poetry and is a published poet.  Her winning verse for the cachet was inspired by the city she calls home.

The Loveland Cachet will be stamped on all cards that go through the remailing program.“The Sweetheart City is the land of love

From the mountains to the lakes and up above

Sending you a Loveland Valentine sealed with a kiss

Letting you know you’re not to be missed.”

The official valentine celebrations kick off Feb. 1 in Loveland; but, cards for the remailing program have already been arriving for some time. The Official Valentine Station manager Josh Fordham said that the city has received cards from “all over the world already,” which he will keep safe until the volunteers begin stamping Feb. 1.