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Military Vintage Valentine Cards
During the 1940s when many people were involved in military operations, Valentine cards reflected what was happening in the world. Numerous cards were designed that depicted either military personnel or subsidiary or voluntary occupations.
Thankfully, they were light-hearted and funny and meant to relieve the stress of living in war years. Many though showed a sexist bias as women were usually shown in auxiliary roles such as WACs or nurses while men were piloting planes and doing more ‘manly’ tasks.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 →
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 →
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 →