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Valentine postcard, 1910.

Valentine postcard, 1910

By the end of the 19th century, valentines were very popular. Whether handmade or purchased, Valentine cards were sent in the hundreds of thousands, especially after the modern postal service was developed. Many had elaborate paper lace designs decorated with scraps and silk and some were three-dimensional with pop-up portions. Some valentines were romantic while others were humorous or even insulting. Early fancy cards were imported from Europe but by the end of the century, production in the United States was improving, though the popularity of the practice of sending Valentines cards started to fade. Postcards exploded in popularity in the early 1900s and many of them were sent for Valentine’s Day. Enjoy these examples of Valentines from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Greeting card, circa 1910.

Greeting card, circa 1910.

Greeting card, ca. 1910.

Greeting card, ca. 1910.

Ornate Valentine, pre-1900.

Ornate Valentine, pre-1900.

Valentine postcard, March 11, 1915.

Valentine postcard, March 11, 1915.

Historical facts and photos courtesy of the

Fort Bend County Museum Association, Richmond, TX

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Valentine Greetings


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