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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1910 ANTIQUE POSTCARD VTG VALENTINE KITTY CAT FURRY HEART ARROW GOLD
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Antique Valentine Card Folding Victorian Petite Girls on a Swing  LOVE'S MESSAGE
Antique Valentine Card Folding Victorian Petite Girls on a Swing LOVE'S MESSAGE
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VALENTINE IDEA GIFT - PINK - BOHEMIAN BOTTLE - Beautiful Perfume Bottle
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VICTORIAN LADIES READING VALENTINE'S DAY CARD LITHOGRAPH ANTIQUE PRINT 1894
VICTORIAN LADIES READING VALENTINE'S DAY CARD LITHOGRAPH ANTIQUE PRINT 1894
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Antique Valentine w/ Boy and Girl in School Desks Fold Out Stand Up Card  T*
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