Saturday, April 24, 2010

The 2010 Love Stamp Featuring Hallmark Cards Art

First-Day-of-Issue Ceremony

National World I Museum at Liberty Memorial

Master of Ceremonies-Susan Hiland WDAF-TV 4

Presentation of Colors-Central High School Color Guard

Official Stamp Dedication-Stephen Kearney Senior VP USPS

Remarks-David E. Hall President & CEO Hallmark Cards

Remarks-Gene Maienschein, Son of Dorothy Maienschein Design Creator

Faith Academy Music and Arts Department sing the Star Spangled Banner and Close with God Bless the USA

United States Postal Service Executives with Attendees

My brother-in law, Gene Maienshein, whose mother created the Pansy Card for Hallmark Cards as a Mother's day card in 1939

David Hall President & CEO of Hallmark Cards

with my great nieces and nephew

David Hall

President & CEO Hallmark Cards

The 2010 Pansy Love Stamp available in sheets of 20

The Audience at the Liberty Hall World War I Memorial Museum Auditorium

My sister in law Carol Maienschein sitting next to me.

Family posing in front of The 2010 Love Stamp

The Liberty Memorial World War I Museum
Pansy Card
Hallmark introduced the pansy card as a Mother’s Day card design in 1939. The price was a nickel.
The illustration on the original pansy card was created by Hallmark artist Dorothy Maienschein.
The name “pansy” may be derived from the French word “pensee,” meaning “thought.”
During Victorian times, flowers had a language all their own. People used flowers to convey all different sorts of messages — friendly or not. For instance, you could actually insult someone with a bouquet!
Though calling someone a pansy isn’t very nice, the flower itself is fairly hardy. It handles cool weather very well — but it does “wimp out” when it gets too warm.
Hallmark’s Longest-Running Greeting Card – The Pansy Card
The pansy card was introduced as a Mother's Day card in 1939, selling for a nickel. Hallmark reissued the design as a thinking-of-you card in 1941.
The pansy card remains in Hallmark’s line today and sells for 99 cents.
Since Hallmark began tracking sales in 1942, consumers have purchased almost 30 million pansy cards – more than any card in history.
The original watercolor design for the card was created by the late Dorothy Maienschein, a member of Hallmark’s design staff until her retirement in the late 1970s. The watercolor design was painted from a model of a small porcelain cart with real pansies. Although the card has been repainted, the original design has remained the same for 71 years.
The outside of the pansy card reads: To let you know I'm thinking of you. Inside, the verse continues: Pansies always stand for thoughts – at least that's what folks say. So this just comes to show my thoughts are there with you today.
In conjunction with Hallmark's centennial, the United States Postal Service (USPS) introduced its
2010 Love stamp in April, featuring an image of a white woven basket brimming with purple pansies – taken from the original Hallmark pansy card design.

Courtesy Hallmark Cards and the United States Postal Service

Would Dorothy have ever imagined the impression that her Pansy card would have to millions upon millions in the world, even after her death.

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