February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day Card Patterns from 1911

It's that time of year again! I think we should bring back a Valentine's Day tradition that has largely been lost. Cards have been generally given by admirers on Valentine's Day since the 1700s, but they used to be anonymous! Imagine the fun! I am also a huge fan of homemade cards.

These patterns and cards are from a book entitled "Suggestions for Handwork in School and at Home" published in 1911. The templates were designed to be cut out of colored paper and affixed to cards or cut out and used as templates for paint. There are also some cute sayings and poems. 










Check out my other Valentine's Day Posts:

-Valentine's Day Cards : A short history of Valentine's Day cards and come old fashioned cards to send people.

-The Language of Flowers: The meanings of flowers taken from a book from 1856.







Think about sending a homemade card to someone you love. Better yet, make it anonymous.

9 comments:

  1. Love what you have shared here and will make some paper valentines later today. I love the Ann movies/books. Watched the movies many many times
    From a kindred spirit cw reenactor.
    Jackie

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    1. Thanks Jackie! I love meeting kindred spirits. :)

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    2. I like the idea of anonymous valentines. Back then it was okay to be creepy :) Unfortunately today you really can't send anonymous mail though. Even if you put no return address on an envelope they still stamp it with your hometown and the date you mailed it.

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  2. Aww. . . I love old valentines! They're really more original than ours today!

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  3. Aww, I love old Valentines too. I love looking at my grandma's valentines from the 40s. Too cool. :)

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    1. You should post some of those! I'd love to see them.

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  4. I think homemade cards are always the best kind to give:). Happy Valentine's Day!

    Blessings,

    Kim
    http://budgetreenactor.blogspot.com

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    1. I think so too. I love simple, heart-felt holidays. I love just spending time with the people I love.

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