Early 1900s Black Americana Vintage Valentine Cards.Racial stereotyping is considered socially incorrect to our modern day thinking, yet these sorts of cards, alongside thousands of gender stereotyping cards, are a part of our political and social past history.Continue reading →
Cupid Vintage Valentine’s Day Cards
Cupids have always been a symbol of love so it makes sense that the theme of cupid, quivers, arrows, and targets have often featured on Valentine cards. And these cupids are very busy. They collect hearts, shoot arrows at hearts, post valentine letters, sew broken hearts back together, and generally try to spread love. And there are lots and lots of vintage cards with cupids.Continue reading →
Valentine Rejection Letters Written For A Lady.
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From: A Lady’s Valentine Writer via Google Books (PD-100)
Valentine’s Cards Funny Food
In the late 1940s and the 1950s, life was returning to normal after World War 2 and the focus was on family life, their new houses, household appliances, and the food being prepared and eaten. An enormous number of cards were posted, given in person, and received for Valentine’s Day and many of them featured food and food preparation. Many of them are very funny.Continue reading →
George Whitney Valentine Card Maker
George Whitney (1842-1915), an American card maker who put a red ‘W’ on the back of his cards to distinguish them from cards made by Esther Howland.
His cards also had flowers, paper lace, and sweet boys and girls, like the cards created by Esther, but George became an expert at creating inside verses for Valentine’s cards.Continue reading →
Valentine Greeting Letters
From A Lady to A Person She Admires.
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Esther Howland Valentine Card Maker
Esther Howland was an American artist, business woman, and card maker.
Esther is credited with the invention of ‘lift-up’ valentines, which were paper-lace motifs built upon one another in layers, using thin colored paper, three dimensional accordion effects and flowers that opened up by pulling a string and revealing a verse.
Esther believed that verses should be private so she made places that verses could be incorporated in Valentine’s Day cards without being able to be read by everyone.Continue reading →