Loveland Chamber of Commerce

Valentine Re-mailing Program


This program is the largest of its kind in the nation.

The Loveland Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Postal Service have been teaming up for more than 70 years with their internationally renowned Valentine Re-mailing Program.

2020 Valentine Card Image
The Loveland Chamber of Commerce Seeks Official Valentine Card and Cachet Design and Verse for 2021 Valentine Program

It is time for local artists and authors to begin embracing the love and joy of the 2021 valentine season in Loveland, the ‘Sweetheart City.’ The Loveland Chamber of Commerce, the driving force for business for Loveland, and home of Loveland’s Valentine Re-mailing Program, is now accepting design and verse entries for the 2021 Official Loveland Valentine card and cachet. The submission deadline for the card, cachet and cancellation contests is 5 p.m., Friday Oct. 23, 2020.

Click to view the press release with more information on how to submit.

Valentine Re-mailing Program

According to Gwen Masche, daughter of stamp collector and history buff Count Masche, Elmer Ivers, Loveland Postmaster in the 1940s and ‘50s, Harold Dunning, Rome Dietrich and others from the Loveland Stamp Club came up with an idea of a Re-mailing Program as a stamp collection oddity, rather than a Sweetheart angle. The club tried to promote the program for a couple of years but realized they needed someone with more marketing abilities. Ted Thompson, who managed Loveland’s Rialto Theater and served as president of the Loveland Chamber of Commerce in addition to his remarkable marketing skills, was asked to help. Ted realized that Loveland, Colo. had a unique opportunity to share a little love and friendship with the people of the USA, and indeed, the world through the Valentine Re-mailing Program.


The program gained nationwide exposure when Guy Lombardo was designated honorary mayor of Loveland on Feb. 14, 1950. Lombardo’s orchestra, The Royal Canadians, had recorded the song, “There’s a Lovely Lake in Loveland” and featured the song during the program.


As Forrest S. Knox declared in a letter to the Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald dated Feb. 8, 2001, “They could not have found a better person to shepherd their valentine activity. He and Mabel, even though it was not their idea, were responsible for the success of the Re-mailing Program. They did a superb job of managing the program for the rest of their lives.” Now, in its 73rd year, the program is growing every year.


Loveland’s “Valentine Sweethearts,” as they are affectionately referred, Ted and Mabel Thompson have since passed away and the Loveland community feels their absence. To commemorate their vision and love of Loveland, their memory lives on through this annual program and the people of Loveland. A bronze relief of the Thompsons is featured in Thompson Park in Downtown Loveland.


Today, the Loveland Chamber of Commerce continues to operate the program, in partnership with the Loveland post office by creating the special cancellation annually.

To send your valentine through the sweetheart city, simply follow these instructions:
  • Address the valentine with recipient's address
  • Stamp the valentine
  • Place the Valentine in a larger, first-class envelope
  • Stamp and address the larger envelope to:
Postmaster - Attention Valentines
446 E. 29th St.
Loveland, CO 80538-9998
Important Dates for the Loveland Re-Mailing Program:
February 1, 2020 International Mail Deadline
February 7, 2020 U.S. States Deadline
February 10, 2020 Colorado Deadline
* Mail for these destinations may be sent after the deadline, but it will not reach the recipient before Valentine's Day.
All Valentine's sent through The Loveland Valentine Program before or on February 7th will be postmarked and mailed on February 7th. 
Every day after Feburary 7th the Valentine will be postmarked on the day it is recieved. 
The Loveland Post Office (446 E. 29th St. Loveland, CO 80538) will be accepting Valentines to be dropped off in the red mailbox displayed in the lobby until February 10th, 2020. 
The Post Office and the Loveland Chamber will not guarantee Valentine delivery ontime after February 10th. 
*Note: You are more than welcome to drop off Loveland Valentine's at the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, 5400 Stone Creek Circle Suite 200 Loveland, CO  

Loveland, Colo., also known as the ‘Sweetheart City,’ has been doing the Valentine Re-Mailing Program for 74 years. Each year, the city and its volunteers lovingly hand stamp and re-mail valentines from all 50 states and more than 110 countries. Many of the ‘Sweetheart City’s’ residents are thrilled about the program, so much so that there is a waiting list of volunteers to stamp and re-mail valentines. Loveland’s Re-Mailing Program has grown to be the largest program of its kind.

Each year, more than 50 original Valentine volunteer stampers and the one hundred plus that are on the waiting list, come to the chamber building during the first two weeks of February to hand-stamp valentines with a special cachet stamp sent with love from across the globe.

Entertainment is provided during the Valentine stamping, by local artist who stop in and sing a tune, which always makes the stampers day special. Visitors from all over stop in to see the magic of stamping and they have a chance to stamp their own valentines, they send to their loved ones.

Valentine Letter

All valentines will be removed from the larger envelope at the post office before they are delivered to our amazing stamping volunteers. These volunteers will add a little extra love to your valentine by stamping the Sweetheart City Collector's Envelope Artwork and Postmark.
Finally, all valentines will be delivered back to the post office and sent with love to the recipient!

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