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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CRYSAL STONE HEART BROOCH PIN VINTAGE DAZZLING VALENTINES ANTIQUE
CRYSAL STONE HEART BROOCH PIN VINTAGE DAZZLING VALENTINES ANTIQUE
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*ANTIQUE 'ACROSS THE FORD' POSTCARD-VALENTINE'S SERIES*
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Embossed Die Cut Colored Litho Valentine Card Antique String Hung Parasol Gal
Embossed Die Cut Colored Litho Valentine Card Antique String Hung Parasol Gal
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Ashtray Bronz Humanity Skull Vanite Unique Special Art For Husband Valentine DB
Ashtray Bronz Humanity Skull Vanite Unique Special Art For Husband Valentine DB
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20 Infinity Love Connector Charms Word Valentine Wedding Silver Gold 39x13 0175
20 Infinity Love Connector Charms Word Valentine Wedding Silver Gold 39x13 0175
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10 Follow Your Heart Connector Charms Word Valentine Charms Antique Silver 0178
10 Follow Your Heart Connector Charms Word Valentine Charms Antique Silver 0178
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LINCOLN Cathedral Antique Albumen Photograph c1890 by Valentine
LINCOLN Cathedral Antique Albumen Photograph c1890 by Valentine
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Vintage Antique 9" Valentine Card Honeycomb Cupids 1920's Beistle USA
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