Valentines Day

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A selection of cards, posters and telegrams celebrating Valentines Day

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Embroidery (with paper lace, white cameo embossed paper lace and card, scraps) Postal Heritage Museum Valentines Day Greetings, Valentines Day Hearts, Vintage Valentines, Saint Valentine, Be My Valentine, Valentine Decorations, Valentine Crafts, Embossed Paper, Paper Lace

'Forget Me Not' Valentine Card

Paper lace valentine card with embroidered detail. White cameo embossed paper lace overlaid on blue and white embossed card with pretty design. Embroidered fabric panel in centre. Four embossed floral scraps. On front: 'Forget Me Not'. Handwritten message on reverse: 'For mother. Can you please send me my skates in a parcel'. c.1870 OB1995.365 Find out more: Valentines Day: Passion Through the Post.

A useful valentine. “My Heart is with You,” Valentine card in the shape of a fan, E Rimmel, perfumer, about The British Postal Musem & Archive Antique Fans, Vintage Fans, Victorian Valentines, Vintage Valentines, Hand Held Fan, Hand Fans, Belle Epoque, Valentines Greetings, Cupid

'My heart is with you' Valentine Card

Valentine card in the shape of a fan. Lithograph images of floral designs and cupid with greetings reading 'My heart is with you'; 'Think of me' and 'Forget-me-not'. Gilt embossed decorations. Central segment is rigid with six moveable segments coming out of it. Tassels on cord. Segments held with thread. Manufacturer's mark on reverse: 'E Rimmel. Perfumer. 96 Strand. 24 Cornhill. 128 Regent St. London. 17 Boulevard des Italiens Paris'. c.1880 OB1995.285 Find out more…

 A chromolithograph card with a gilt border.Tassel pulls to reveal lovers and bride and groom. Message reads 'Pense a moi'. century Find out more: Valentines Day: Passion Through the Post. Victorian Valentines, Vintage Valentines, Be My Valentine, Valentine Cards, Valentines Day Greetings, Love Letters, Vintage Cards, Wonderful Images, Paper Cutting

Double Cobweb Valentine Card

Double cobweb valentine card. French. A chromolithograph card with a gilt border.Tassel pulls to reveal lovers and bride and groom. Message reads 'Pense a moi'. 19th century OB1996.86 Find out more: Valentines Day: Passion Through the Post.

Valentine card jigsaw puzzle in unused envelope decorated with large red heart enclosing Cupid shooting his arrow. Valentines Day Greetings, Be My Valentine, Color Card, Cupid, Arrow, Jigsaw Puzzles, Envelope, Cry Cry, Bitter

'My dear Valentine' Valentine Card

Valentine card jigsaw puzzle in unused envelope decorated with large red heart enclosing Cupid shooting his arrow. Puzzle is coloured card depicting a lady playing harpsichord to suitors. Verse reads 'My dear Valentine unto thee my thoughts do fly/ Until with bitter pain I cry/ Cry aloud for thee and yet, no nearer do I come to thee'. c.1930 OB1996.87 Find out more: Valentines Day: Passion Through the Post.

“Feeling spiteful on Valentine’s Day? From the late century to Victorian era, some people sent out these vinegar valentines. I Fainted, Singles Awareness Day, Special Letters, Valentines Day Greetings, 18th Century Fashion, Victorian Era, Caricature, Archaeology, Troll

Vinegar Valentines

Sending special letters for Valentine's day probably dates from the mid-18th century. We have a number of examples of early Valentines in our collection. The idea of choosing a sweetheart on Valentine's Day may be connected with the idea that 14 February is the date on which birds began mating. The name of the day…

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