IOD Kindest Regards Stamp: The Story Behind the Design

You’ve seen it everywhere, but maybe not fully noticed it… It’s that little extra something that takes your DIY decor to the next level… the IOD Kindest Regards Stamp.

An elegant way to incorporate gold accents, furniture artist Leah Noelle Design Co knows how to do it right by stamping with Kindest Regards on the top of this coffee table.

At first glance, it might look like the whisper of a forgotten love note or a family correspondence, but what was it really?

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The story behind the IOD Kindest Regards Stamp

The”Kindest Regards” letter was written in November of 1863 by Alfred H. Love, of Philadelphia, PA .

Mr. Love was a dedicated Pacifist and an abolitionist. Additionally, he advocated for the land rights of Native Americans and was a proponent of women’s suffrage. To advance those causes, he founded the Universal Peace Union (UPU).

The mission of the UPU was to “Remove the causes and abolish the custom of war, establish and live the principles of peace.” To advance the organization’s work, Mr. Love began hosting lectures featuring prominent speakers of the day to discuss all of these issues.

IOD Kindest Regards Stamp

It was through his work at the UPU that he met his dear friend and the recipient of the “Kindest Regards” letter, the famous journalist, abolitionist, and suffrage activist, Wm Lloyd Garrison.

Specifically, in the “Kindest Regards” letter, Mr. Love wrote to let Mr. Garrison know that another prominent abolitionist, James Miller M’Kim, would be joining them as a speaker at an upcoming UPU event. 

He informs his friend that he’s continuing to work on the event planning and will confirm once they secure a hall to hold the lecture. 

Finally, he invites his friend to bring his family on the visit and to stay with Love’s family in their home.

He writes, “Meanwhile be assured of the pleasure it will afford us to have thee or any of thy family with us, if only for the short time thee proposed. We wish it could be longer.”

He closes the letter, “With the kindest regards, my friend.”

Here’s Josie using Kindest Regards on DIY wall art in our DIY Gallery Wall from a Single Sheet of Plywood series.

Here are some of our favorite projects with the IOD Kindest Regards Stamp

At first glance, you might wonder, “How would I EVER use this stamp?!?” but we promise it will be love at first impression. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself thinking every project “needs” a little bit of Kindest Regards!

Painted gray vintage sideboard received a pretty new look from stockist Vintage Home & More. Painted in a light grey then stamped with our Kindest Regards, Backplates and Rose Toile stamps.
Rustic bench makeover by Creative Tribe member Collective Interiors Design & Paint Studio
These hearts by VintageRestore&More in Inman, SC are just darling and make the perfect February decor. In addition to the Kindest Regards and Bohemia Stamps she also used IOD Air Dry Clay and IOD moulds.
In her signature style, Von Boo of Brisbane Australia layers the Astoria Foliage Transfer over the Kindest Regards Stamp.
Sneak in a little visual interest and ‘peek-a-boo’ style by stamping on the side of drawers like on this desk by Altered Ending in Seaside, OR
Stamping into IOD Air Dry Clay and antique it like Ellen J Goods of Medina, NY did for this gallery wall piece. To learn more about how to make a stamped impression and antique it, check out this post.
Make thrift store finds like this vintage suitcase look like old family heirlooms like Croire Home Decor did in Blythewood, SC

You can even use this stamp to create amazing texture on your furniture. Learn more about the IOD stamped impressed technique where we used the Kindest Regards Stamp.

For more ideas and inspiration using the Kindest Regards Stamp, follow this Pinterest Board.

What do you think? Is that what you thought the IOD Kindest Regards Stamp was about?

Personally, this historical letter spoke to us not only for it’s visually beautiful script but also because it illustrates how a shared belief in peace and equality can forge deep bonds of friendship.

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8 Comments

  1. Paulette Lafleur on January 21, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    Can I purchase the kindness regards stamp?

  2. Linda montgomery on January 22, 2021 at 4:19 am

    I just purchased this stamp. Can’t wait to start using it!

  3. Vivian on January 22, 2021 at 5:51 am

    I adore you researched the origin of the letter and the principle people involved! I’m a huge history lover and appreciate what it teaches. I need this as my collection of stamps! Thank you for informing us!

    • IOD Customer Service IOD Customer Service on January 22, 2021 at 7:48 am

      YES! It’s a beautiful stamp already, but knowing the background story and its true meaning? SO enriching. So glad you enjoyed this post, Vivian!

  4. Eileen on January 22, 2021 at 6:33 am

    Dear I.O.D. Ladies, Now that I know the origin of the letter, I like it even more now. I did try to read it once before because I wanted to know what it said. I thought it was a love letter but now that you told us the origin of it, I love it even more. Those little details give the stamp so much more meaning. Especially because I am a Philadelphian! I have really enjoyed discovering and creating with your stamps, moulds, and transfers. Because I love to create! Thank you ladies and keep them coming! We all love you!

    • IOD Customer Service IOD Customer Service on January 22, 2021 at 7:50 am

      Eileen, thank you so much for your kind words! Doesn’t the story behind the stamp add a beautiful depth and meaning to it? We appreciate all of those little details too. We’re so glad you enjoyed learning about it’s history like we did! Happy Creating to you! ❤️

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