Valentine’s Day has long been one of my favorite holidays. I have fond memories of carefully signing cards for each of my classmates, throwing candy conversation hearts into the envelope, and joyfully opening cards during the class party. Even nowadays — and it doesn’t matter whether I’m single or coupled up — I think of V-Day as a fun excuse to give coworkers those same boxed valentines we all got as kids, and making or buying little treats for that special someone! (Confession: I never liked to actually EAT those chalky convo hearts.)
Several years ago, my friend was clearing out his massive collection of ephemera and asked me if I’d like a vintage valentine scrapbook. Would I ever! When I received it in the mail, I was astounded. This queen of hearts collected cards dating from the 1930s all the way through the 1970s!
I especially love the thin, delicately detailed valentines of the Depression era, considering that buying cards then must have been quite a splurge. I’m also fond of the kitschy and cartoony kiddie cards of the ‘50s and ‘60s!
What about you? Do you have any Valentine’s Day rituals, or collect any holiday-themed items?
— Ad Writer Julie C.