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Quilled Paper Heart


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Name Value
Date of Issue January 12, 2016
Year 2016
Quantity 150,000,000
First-Class Mail Forever
Denomination Value $0.49
Perforation or Dimension 1.19 x 0.91 in./30.23 x 23.11 mm
Series Love
Series Time Span 1999 - 2018
Issue Location Dallas, TX 75260
Postal Administration United States

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Pane of 20 (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 7,500,000
Original Purchase Price: $9.80
SKU: 586304
Dimension: 5.43 x 5.64 in./138.00 x 143.13 mm
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America/SSP
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Printing Process: Offset, Microprint
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Phosphor Tagged, Block
Layout Number: “S” followed by five (5) single digits
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Press Sheet With Die-cut

Quantity Produced - 250
Original Purchase Price: $98.00
SKU: 586306
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Press Sheet Without Die-cut

Quantity Produced - 500
Original Purchase Price: $98.00
SKU: 586308
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First-day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $0.93
SKU: 586316
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Digital Color Postmark

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $1.64
SKU: 586321
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Ceremony Program

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $6.95
SKU: 586330
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Digital Color Postmark Keepsake

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Original Purchase Price: $11.95
SKU: 586310
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Framed Art

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Original Purchase Price: $39.95
SKU: 586324
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About Stamp

On January 12, 2016, in Dallas, TX, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Quilled Paper Heart stamp, (Forever® priced at 49 cents) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 12, 2016.

In 2016, the U.S. Postal Service® issues another stamp in its popular Love series, Quilled Paper Heart. Quilling—also called paper filigree—involves rolling and shaping narrow strips of paper, laying them on their edges, and gluing them in place to form intricate designs. The origin of the name “quilling” is obscure, but it might have come from the first tool used to create the paper curls, the base of a feather or quill.

Artist Yulia Brodskaya used heavy paper strips to create her design, choosing bright colors that would be appealing and eye-catching. The heart shape in the center of the stamp art is made from paper strips of many colors and is surrounded by white paper swirls. The background is white with shadows cast by the dimensional pieces of quilled paper.

Quilliing is believed to date from the 15th or 16th century. The first known quillers were monks and nuns in European religious houses. Inspired by metal filigree, quilling was an inexpensive way to create elaborate decorations normally beyond the means of most churches and religious orders. When gilded or silvered, the curled paper could resemble the work of the finest gold- and silversmiths, while designs made with cream-colored paper or vellum appeared to be carvings of ivory.

During the last 20 years, quilling has gained a new popularity. It is a technique that has changed very little with the passage of time and is accessible to anyone. Modern-day quillers only need a few tools to get started—paper, scissors, glue, and a quill-like implement for curling the strips.

Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp with original art by Yulia Brodskaya


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Cool Gray 8


Designer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA.
Art Director: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA.
Typographer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA.
Artist: Yulia Brodskaya, Herfordshire U.K..
Modeler: Michelle Finn/Sandra Lane.

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