Be my valentine: artifact spotlight #7

We are Valentine’s Day enthusiasts here at the museum and we’ve already eaten enough heart-shaped treats today to prove it.  Aside from chocolates and roses, Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without cards. The commercialization of the holiday has steadily advanced to its present state beginning in the mid eighteenth century.

Exchanging Valentine’s Day messages first became popular in mid 1700s England. The development of a more reliable, affordable postal service made it possible for people to mail each other messages of love. Tokens of affection were handmade with lace, paper, ribbons and poetic rhymes. Talk about a labor of love! Continue reading