Vintage Valentine's Day cards are popular with collectors of ephemera, and they also offer insight into the values and fashions of bygone eras. Whether you are starting a collection or hoping to learn more about a valentine you already own, it helps to know a bit about where to buy these cute cards and the characteristics of each major style. Most antique stores carry a few vintage greeting cards, including valentines. However, if you're interested in a specific era or theme or you want a better selection, the Internet is your best shopping resource.
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Although "Valentine's Day" has been celebrated in many forms since the ancient days of Rome, it wasn't until the 18th century in England when Valentine's Day cards took on the form that we recognize today. For centuries, early spring festivals have been a time to focus on young love. The snows melt away, the flowers begin to emerge, and the birds start to sing and court one another. Over time and through different cultural shifts, this general spring flings has become a single day dedicated to love and romance.
History of St. Valentine's Day in the 1800s
The Hershey Story is fortunate to have several vintage valentines in its collection. The cards date from the late s through the s. Americans began exchanging valentines in the s. These cards were hand made using ink and watercolors.
The most romantic and florid expressions of love were the fashion in the Victorian Age, which was to be expected of a time that masked and ornamented the erotic impulse. Laughing Elephant, along with the Blue Lantern Studio and Green Tiger Press, houses one of the world's finest book and ephemera collections focusing on children's and juvenile art. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?