Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Owl always love you… 
A romantic tradition by 1950
Early 1900s cutie 
Paper expressions of endearment sent in the name of St. Valentine began in the late 1800s. Sending a valentine was a socially acceptable declaration of affection or flirtation. 
     Some were home-crafted of doily lace and fabric. Others were elaborate tiered scenes created with bright German chromolithograph cut-outs and twinkling glass glitter. In America, Esther Howland is credited with beginning the first commercial valentine company. 
     Through the decades, sending roses and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates with a valentine card became tradition. Greeting card companies, namely Gibson, American Greetings and Hallmark, through their artwork and messages, have traced love in popular culture for the last 100 years. Perhaps you remember the fun of the classroom Valentine exchange in grade school. Or the funny little card your first love gave to you –it’s still around, somewhere. Those joyful subjects, silly rhymes and gushing sentiment can still bring back memories, with a grin or a tear.  To honor and remember those sweet days of red and pink, we offer our collection of six Sweet Romance Valentine pins, the images adapted from actual vintage Valentines.  What stirs your heart? Share your own Valentine memory here with our readers. 
Created from  actual vintage valentines, six Sweet Romance Valentines pins remind us of halcyon days of pink and red. Click here to view and shop.;

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