Roses are Red, Violets are Blue…

…Sugar is sweet, and so are you!

We are quickly approaching that day when people around the world celebrate love and friendship – Valentine’s Day.  It can be argued that these are ideals that should be cherished daily; however, it is important to have special days set aside for observance so that it does not get lost in what can be the hum drum of everyday life.  Right about now stores are rapidly selling chocolates, flowers, stuffed bears, and, of course, cards.

The first use of a Valentine card is believed to have been recorded in the diary of Samuel Pepys, an Englishman who recorded domestic life.  On February 14th, 1667, he wrote that a servant boy brought his wife a pretty Valentine of her name written in gold letters on blue paper.

Before the 1860s, Valentine’s Day greeting cards were handmade from paper with elaborate designs and using different materials such as lace, feathers, ribbon, and chiffon.  The shift to machine-made cards began during the 1860s as lithography (printing with a stone or metal plate) became popular.  Mechanical cards had moving parts, and ‘pull-outs’ could stand themselves up on a table for display.

Here is a selection of Valentine cards from our collection!

(Click on the images to enlarge!)

Pre-1900s Cards

Inside: From me to you, in greeting

Affectionate and true;

To say one heart is beating

That still remembers you.

1910s Postcards:

1909 Postcard

1917 Postcard

1916 Postcard

The following cards were collected in the 1920s.  They are examples of cards children gave to each other in the classroom, as is still done today.

This unique card comes with a paper doll that can be punched out of the card.

On back: I’m standin’ here, a-waiting’ dear, ‘N truly wishin’ too

You’d up ‘n say without delay: “The girl I want is YOU!”

On back: A heart ahoy!  And say, oh boy!  It’s for a sailor who

-Must I confess, or can you guess – Is you and ONLY YOU!

Whether you’re a lover or a hater, it can’t be denied that Valentine’s Day is the second largest card sending holiday, just behind Christmas.  The Greeting Card Association estimates one billion Valentine cards are sent each year.  Cards purchased from the store today might contain images of cartoons, princesses, and superheroes, but there still is something to be said for the old-fashioned hand-made card.

Winter Lecture Series!! –

Kings and Queens of Swing – Music of the 1930s & 40s

Speaker: Amber Veigel

Sunday, February 12  2:00 pm

$7 Adults, $5 Students, $4 Members

Miss Helen Keller

Portrayed by: Jessica Michna

Sunday, February 19  2:00 pm

$7 Adults, $5 Students, $4 Members

Slave, Freedman and Free People of Color Genealogy

Speaker: Joyce Higgins

Sunday, February 26  2:00 pm

$7 Adults, $5 Students, $4 Members

Daisy’s Girls: Juliette Low and 100 Years of Girl Scouting

Portrayed by: Betsey Means

Sunday, March 11  2:00 pm

$7 Adults, $5 Students, $4 Members, $3 Girl Scouts


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