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A vintage valentine designed to resemble a box of candy. Card puchased from

Ribbon and rose vintage candy box

Large candy box from See's with lacey edging

Candy box from Violet64 etsy shop

Vintage Candy Box from Violet64 on etsy

Vintage Valentine Candy Box from Violet64 on etsy

It wouldn’t matter if there were chocolate covered ants inside, as long as they come in a fancy vintage candy box! The more elaborate – the better.  Heck, forget the chocolates and just give me the empty box. I’m still building my own collection and don’t have any to sell, so I found another shop on etsy that has several and have pictured just a few here.  Check it out


Just got my valentines from Jack at They are so cute!!

Real Swingers!

This lovely Barbiesq Southern blonde belle wins the prize for My Fanciest Valentine Card. She has an easel backing so the recipient could display her on her dressing table and dream of being her one day. Her dress has gold glitter stripes. She is 8 1/2″ tall and hasn’t aged a bit in over 60 years. The envelope was dated 1945!

This 1940s Valentine gets my vote for the creepiest. Check out the Chucky-like expression on this kid. And the message is so weird, too. To think this was actually given to a 5-year-old – nightmares insued, no doubt.

Circa 1940s

Circa 1940s.

The inside message.

I found a scrapbook at a junk store filled with cards given to the original owner. These dated around 1945. With WWII in Europe, the country was filled with patriotic pride and giving Valentines depicting the US military showed love and support for the Stars and Stripes.  Check out this site for info on women serving in WWII or

Nor would you find a Valentine today featuring a soldier and a warhead….

This embossed Valentine postcard was sent to me by my Mother. It came from her Grandmother’s estate. The postmark is dated 1909!  If you don’t already know about The Gifted Line, founded by John Grossman, then just do a Google search – you’ll be glad you did. Grossman  has kept Victorian ephemera alive by publishing incredible photos of original works in  his books, cards and calendars. 

Check out these etsy shop for some amazing Victorian valentines:

Circa early 1900s

And they lived happily ever after!!!


1939, Walt Disney Productions

If you’re not a cat fancier, no worries. Puppies and dogs are just as common on vintage Valentines. The photos above are part of my own personal collection. But I just found this etsy shop with lots of great Valentines for sale. – and lots of other cool vintage ….

circa 1940s

It would be considered stereotyping if valentine’s today featured little girls doing so-called ‘domestic chores’. But in the 1940s and 50s, this scene was the norm on cards and even in school books.

circa 1940s

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