Antique Valentine

Valentine's Day or Saint Valentine's Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14. In the West, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine's cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. The day is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of "valentines." Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards. The reinvention of Saint Valentine's Day in the 1840s has been traced by Leigh Eric Schmidt. As a writer in Graham's American Monthly observed in 1849, "Saint Valentine's Day... is becoming, nay it has become, a national holyday." In the United States, the first mass-produced valentines of embossed paper lace were produced and sold shortly after 1847 by Esther Howland (1828-1904) of Worcester, Massachusetts. Her father operated a large book and stationery store, but Howland took her inspiration from an English valentine she had received, so clearly the practice of sending Valentine's cards had existed in England before it became popular in North America. The English practice of sending Valentine's cards appears in Elizabeth Gaskell's Mr. Harrison's Confessions (published 1851). Since 2001, the Greeting Card Association has been giving an annual "Esther Howland Award for a Greeting Card Visionary." The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas.
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12 ANTIQUE 1908 to 1930 Valentines - Die Cut and Folding with Poems
12 ANTIQUE 1908 to 1930 Valentines - Die Cut and Folding with Poems
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Antique 19thC French Porcelain Tea Pot Bayeux Valentine Teapot Porcelaine Paris
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Antique 14K Gold & Diamond Stick Pin - Nice Valentine’s Gift.
Antique 14K Gold & Diamond Stick Pin - Nice Valentine’s Gift.
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Antique Valentines-4 Victorian Die-Cut-honeycomb-ephemera-vintage greeting cards
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LOT 36 - STERLING SILVER FLORAL LOVE HEART BOOKMARK, HALLMARK. VALENTINE GIFT
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Antique Postcard Lot Valentine's Day Cupid Love Romance Embossed
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Sweet Vintage Antique Victorian Valentine w/ Die Cuts & Sentimental Verses*
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