'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…

'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…

'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)

'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)

Paper lace valentine card with fabric and scraps, and envelope. Gilt paper lace with eagle heads at top on shaped card. Central panel filled with cream fabric. In the centre of the fabric is a hand-painted woman with cupid. Gilt embossed floral scraps with silver and green leaves. Accompanying envelope addressed to Gravesend. c.1850 (OB1995.291)

Paper lace valentine card with fabric and scraps, and envelope. Gilt paper lace with eagle heads at top on shaped card. Central panel filled with cream fabric. In the centre of the fabric is a hand-painted woman with cupid. Gilt embossed floral scraps with silver and green leaves. Accompanying envelope addressed to Gravesend. c.1850 (OB1995.291)

Valentine’s greetings telegram, issued 14th February 1936, designed by Rex Whistler.

Valentines Greetings Telegrams

Valentine’s greetings telegram, issued 14th February 1936, designed by Rex Whistler.

Valentine’s Day greetings telegram, issued 14 February 1961, designed by Rosemary Kay.

Valentine’s Day greetings telegram, issued 14 February 1961, designed by Rosemary Kay.

Pop-up valentine. Chromolithograph of girl in blue, holding a rose, standing by a garden wall. Gilt embossed scrap bird. Greeting on scrap on bottom: 'Loving greeting'. c.1890-1900 (OB1995.393)

Pop-up valentine. Chromolithograph of girl in blue, holding a rose, standing by a garden wall. Gilt embossed scrap bird. Greeting on scrap on bottom: 'Loving greeting'. c.1890-1900 (OB1995.393)

'I declare Mistress Cook you are sadly to blame' Valentine Artwork. Artwork for comic valentine.  Depicts a long-legged soldier embracing a plump cook. Verse reads 'I declare Mistress Cook you are sadly to blame/ To let those tall fellows so pull you about;/ Whether Sarjens or Bobbies, 'tis always the same;-/ But there will be a scene when the missus finds out!'. 19th century (OB1995.454)

'I declare Mistress Cook you are sadly to blame' Valentine Artwork. Artwork for comic valentine. Depicts a long-legged soldier embracing a plump cook. Verse reads 'I declare Mistress Cook you are sadly to blame/ To let those tall fellows so pull you about;/ Whether Sarjens or Bobbies, 'tis always the same;-/ But there will be a scene when the missus finds out!'. 19th century (OB1995.454)

'O charms like thine are too divine' Valentine. Fine pencil and watercolour humorous valentine depicting a caricature of a Georgian gentleman with printed verse below.  Verse reads 'O charms like thine are too divine,/ Thou model of all grace!/ For thee I sigh, I faint, I die,/ to view thy love-formed face;/ Thy crescent back, like neddy jack,/ Hampers so fit to carry,/ That if all men, were like thee - then,/ I'd sooner die than marry'. Paper maker's watermark reads 'FELLOWS/ 1812'. Reverse…

'O charms like thine are too divine' Valentine. Fine pencil and watercolour humorous valentine depicting a caricature of a Georgian gentleman with printed verse below. Verse reads 'O charms like thine are too divine,/ Thou model of all grace!/ For thee I sigh, I faint, I die,/ to view thy love-formed face;/ Thy crescent back, like neddy jack,/ Hampers so fit to carry,/ That if all men, were like thee - then,/ I'd sooner die than marry'. Paper maker's watermark reads 'FELLOWS/ 1812'. Reverse…

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)

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)

A coloured lithograph of a ship sailing on the sea with a door revealing a sailor being given a valentine by a cupid below deck. Verse below image reads 'Oh! true 'tis indeed I would taste of the lip -/ That flies from the Cottage & ventures the Ship/ For she who inclines to a Sailor's own heart,/ In the gale of adversity - never will part./ [...]/ Let it blow, and blow hard, my own fond one beleive [sic]/ I will ever be faithful, and never deceive./ In Hymen's own bonds, no intruder should…

A coloured lithograph of a ship sailing on the sea with a door revealing a sailor being given a valentine by a cupid below deck. Verse below image reads 'Oh! true 'tis indeed I would taste of the lip -/ That flies from the Cottage & ventures the Ship/ For she who inclines to a Sailor's own heart,/ In the gale of adversity - never will part./ [...]/ Let it blow, and blow hard, my own fond one beleive [sic]/ I will ever be faithful, and never deceive./ In Hymen's own bonds, no intruder should…


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Verse reads 'O charms like thine are too divine,/ Thou model of all grace!/ For thee I sigh, I faint, I die,/ to view thy love-formed face;/ Thy crescent back, like neddy jack,/ Hampers so fit to carry,/ That if all men, were like thee - then,/ I'd sooner die than marry'. c.1814

Verse reads 'O charms like thine are too divine,/ Thou model of all grace!/ For thee I sigh, I faint, I die,/ to view thy love-formed face;/ Thy crescent back, like neddy jack,/ Hampers so fit to carry,/ That if all men, were like thee - then,/ I'd sooner die than marry'. c.1814

Valentine card by British Postal Museum & Archive on Flickr.Valentine card  ‘Square backing card. Circular image of a bird on a branch painted across paper cut in a criss-cross pattern. A cord attached to the paper allows the paper to be pulled out to form a domed cage to reveal two field mice’.   Date: 17 April 1817  British Postal Museum and Archive

Valentine card by British Postal Museum & Archive on Flickr.Valentine card ‘Square backing card. Circular image of a bird on a branch painted across paper cut in a criss-cross pattern. A cord attached to the paper allows the paper to be pulled out to form a domed cage to reveal two field mice’. Date: 17 April 1817 British Postal Museum and Archive

14 February 14.  Telegram poster.

14 February 14. Telegram poster.

Vintage Valentine's card with roller skater : Wording says "he's a slave to the rink!"   This guy reminds me of a guy at the rink last tuesday who was very full of himself :-)

Vintage Valentine's card with roller skater : Wording says "he's a slave to the rink!" This guy reminds me of a guy at the rink last tuesday who was very full of himself :-)

Super glad we don't do this anymore!!Funny but only in the "as long as I'm the sender way."  Vinegar valentines: An old tradition of sending mean cards anonymously

When Valentines Were Really, Really Mean

Super glad we don't do this anymore!!Funny but only in the "as long as I'm the sender way." Vinegar valentines: An old tradition of sending mean cards anonymously

Comic Valentine circa 1870s

Comic Valentine circa 1870s

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