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Valentine’s Day 2013

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To my Valentine
To My Valentine, circa 1890.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we feature a 120-year-old card. This circa 1890 valentine features a curly-headed angel paddling a flower-laden love boat “Hearts Delight.” The sail bears the inscription: “Pray Sweetheart, send me just a line to say you’ll be my Valentine.”  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Learn More:

  • Put a little romance in your life via the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. Amongst the couples you’ll find there are those original star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, and the lesser-known Paul and Virginia.
  • Looking for a visual treat for your Valentine? How about a flower tour of some of America’s most beautiful gardens courtesy of photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston?


Comments (2)

  1. So great that you posted this old Valentin’s Day card! I was just thinking, yesterday, about how as school children, we filled out cards and sent them to each other and it was such a wonderful way to enjoy fun and think about love – both romantic and platonic, and the value of others in our lives. Thanks for posting, LOC!

  2. I agree! That was so fun. I remember giving one to a girl that no one liked. When she came over to me and thanked me, I received the true meaning of the day into my own little elementary school heart.

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