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Be my Valentine...or not

It shall be February 14th, Valentines Day tomorrow. We all buy into this special day to show our loved ones a token of our love.

For many people it involves exchanging cards, ginormous teddy bears or bouquets of red flowers with their special “valentine.” But how did it all start!? The day of romance we call Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century, but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia. Hmm, never new that did you? We all thought the Easter Bunny, Father Christmas and Cupid all from the same enchanted forest.

Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have given way to mass-produced greeting cards. What a shame as not many of us now receive a written love note. These days an email or a facebook poke is definitive.

If was not all roses and chocolate's in the 19th century. Back in the 1840′s and continuing into the middle of last century, stationary companies made it possible for people to send their insulting valentines messages by anonymous postcard to whoever they wanted. Some were intended to put a stop to any potential romance, and others were simply ways to remind people in day-to-day life that somebody out there really didn’t like them.

 

Here are a few examples of vintage valentine cards you may like to use for your loved.

13 February 2014