Happy Valentine’s Day:
I thought I would share some antique valentines on this day of love and remembrance. I am curious, who in the world celebrates Valentine’s Day? Is this a custom in your state, country, part of the world? I meant to do some research but didn’t. Merchants love this day, but I think husbands and boyfriends feel stress. Women want to share and receive. Kids feel the excitement of cards and candy put into their decorated Valentine boxes. Custom, tradition, symbol, Victorian, share yours! My husband will get extra hugs today.
From my great-grandparents collection (who I never met):
This first card (above), dated 1887, was from my great-grandmother Ellen, to my great-grandfather before they were married.
Here’s another one dated 1887. This one is three-dimensional, three layers, very intricate and detailed. The sentiment inside says “Thou art the star that guides me along life’s troubled sea, and whatever fate betides me, this heart still turns to thee.”
One of my favorite memories, as a child, maybe age 8: My class at school was going to exchange valentines. My mom bought me a booklet of cards, maybe 8 1/2 x 11, and each card had to be punched out and assembled. The details, maybe a bouquet of flowers or message or heart or box of candy, had to be inserted in a slot. I can see those cards in my mind and still get great joy feelings. The memory is so strong, it must have been the artist in me, the make and do aspect of assembling the cards before giving them away.