'Forget Me Not' Valentine Card
Paper lace valentine card with embroidered detail. White cameo embossed paper lace overlaid on blue and white embossed card with pretty design. Embroidered fabric panel in centre. Four embossed floral scraps. On front: 'Forget Me Not'. Handwritten message on reverse: 'For mother. Can you please send me my skates in a parcel'. c.1870 OB1995.365 Find out more: Valentines Day: Passion Through the Post.
'My heart is with you' Valentine Card
Valentine card in the shape of a fan. Lithograph images of floral designs and cupid with greetings reading 'My heart is with you'; 'Think of me' and 'Forget-me-not'. Gilt embossed decorations. Central segment is rigid with six moveable segments coming out of it. Tassels on cord. Segments held with thread. Manufacturer's mark on reverse: 'E Rimmel. Perfumer. 96 Strand. 24 Cornhill. 128 Regent St. London. 17 Boulevard des Italiens Paris'. c.1880 OB1995.285 Find out more: Valentines Day…
Double Cobweb Valentine Card
Double cobweb valentine card. French. A chromolithograph card with a gilt border.Tassel pulls to reveal lovers and bride and groom. Message reads 'Pense a moi'. 19th century OB1996.86 Find out more: Valentines Day: Passion Through the Post.
'My dear Valentine' Valentine Card
Valentine card jigsaw puzzle in unused envelope decorated with large red heart enclosing Cupid shooting his arrow. Puzzle is coloured card depicting a lady playing harpsichord to suitors. Verse reads 'My dear Valentine unto thee my thoughts do fly/ Until with bitter pain I cry/ Cry aloud for thee and yet, no nearer do I come to thee'. c.1930 OB1996.87 Find out more: Valentines Day: Passion Through the Post.
Sending special letters for Valentine’s day probably dates from the mid-18th century. We have a number of examples of early Valentines in our collection. The idea of choosing a sweetheart on …