Stamp Services

Stamp Announcement 23-4: Love 2023 Stamps


On January 19, 2023, in Austin, TX, the United States Postal Service® will issue the Love 2023 stamps (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in two designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 580800). These stamps will go on sale nationwide January 19, 2023, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue.

The Postal Service™ continues its popular Love series with two new stamps, one featuring a kitten and the other a puppy with the word "LOVE" in all caps behind each animal. Both kitten and puppy are shown with their front paws resting atop a big red heart. The stamp designs were painted with oils on wood panel, then scanned and edited digitally to create the final pieces of art. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps with original art by Chris Buzelli.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 580800, Love 2023 (Forever Priced at the First-Class Mail Rate) Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices. Post Offices may begin ordering stamps before the first-day-of-issue through SFS Web at

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark

Customers have 120 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office™ or at The Postal Store® website at They must affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

FDOI – Love 2023 Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by May 19, 2023.

How to Order First-Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the USA Philatelic catalog and online at Customers may register to receive a free USA Philatelic catalog online at

Locally produced items are not authorized. Only merchandise that has been approved and assigned an item number by Headquarters Retail Marketing may be produced and sold.



Love 2023 Stamps

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 20 (2 designs)



Issue Date & City:

January 19, 2023, Austin, TX, 78710

Art Director:

Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Chris Buzelli, New York, NY


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Sandra Lane / Michelle Finn

Manufacturing Process:



Banknote Corporation of America

Press Type:

Alprinta RCS

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

200,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:



Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Pantone 871, Pantone Warm Gray 1

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.77 x 1.05 in / 19.558 x 26.67 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.91 x 1.19 in / 23.114 x 30.226 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.55 x 5.76 in / 140.97 x 146.304 mm

Press Sheets Size (w x h):

23.04 x 11.10 in / 585.216 x 281.94 mm

Plate Size:

320 stamps per revolution

Plate Number:

“B” followed by six (6) single digits in four corners

Marginal Markings:


Plate number in four corners


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