I love Valentine’s Day! Everybody (mostly) is happy and smiley and if you’re a kid in Grammar (lol) erh I mean Elementary school, this is a fun day. Don’t you remember how carefully and thoughtfully you looked for just the right package of Valentine’s cards to buy at Woolworth‘s or W.T. Grant‘s? Teacher said you really have to give a card to everyone in the class. And there was always one card in the package just for the teacher. I LOVED THOSE 50′S VALENTINE CARDS! To my delight I found several other Vintage Valentine fanatics on Pinterest. What a great fun trip down the nostalgia road looking at all of those clever and colorful little cards. I have a bunch myself but you’re not surprised about that I’m sure. You know it’s just another collection!
As much fun as those cute clever cards are, I really like and collect much older Valentine greetings. Over the years, my husband has given me some and each year I love putting them out. I started collecting them because I loved the old Victorian frilly 3-dimensional cards. I learned along the way that Valentine cards like any other collectible have value based on the creator. In the case of old Valentines, cards produced by Raphael Tuck & Sons of Germany are more valuable than others. Often Tuck cards were hinged and opened up to reveal a character with moving arms and legs. I own a couple; a big brown dancing bear and a funny-looking character whose face is a grimace of all things!
So today is a day of red roses, pink carnations, red velvet candy boxes, diamond rings, pearls and pendants, lobster and steak dinners, mushy romantic cards, candle light and cocktails…but for me I’m hoping for just another old Valentine.
And here are some of those cute ’50′s cards.
Happy Valentine’s Day to All! Hope your day is a sweet as a Candy Heart.