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Valentines: Expressions of Love and Affection

Valentine's Day card with three die-cut pieces, 1895
WHI 81212

Tracing its roots to ancient times, today's St. Valentine's Day has evolved over the centuries to become a greeting card-intensive observance. The Society has been collecting Valentine's Day greeting cards for decades and has some fine examples in its archives of intricate artistry in the form of ornate and finely detailed Valentines from 1840 to 1980. This special collection of 99 Valentines provides the content of the latest Wisconsin Historical Images gallery, offering a visual tour through more than a century of St. Valentine's Day greetings.

:: Posted February 14, 2011

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