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 http://www.womeninwwii.com/ or http://www.teacheroz.com/WWIIHomefront.htm.

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:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/jacktastic

http://www.etsy.com/shop/Alteredbits

Circa early 1900s

Think text messaging is new? No way! The New England Candy Company (NECCO) actually began printing messages on candy back in the 1860’s. Today they even have an iPhone App and offer recipes and crafts. Visit their fun site at http://www.mysweethearts.com.

I made the ring below using a realistic –  but  reproduction-  Sweetheart tile that looks good enough to eat. The glossyred button background is mounted on an adjustable silver finished ring band. The most fun valentine gift ever! I’ll even ship it in a heart shaped ring box!

Conversation Heart Valentine Ring by VintageInspiration

SOLD. Converation Heart Valentine Ring by VintageInspiration

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 …. http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheIDconnection

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

circa 1930s

Reading, writing and ‘rithmatic. Another common graphic guaranteed to pop up in a stack of vintage valentines is the old fashioned black school chalkboard. Just shows how today’s technology has changed. Take a look at valentines found at your local card shop today — you’ll be hard pressed to find a chalkboard!

Circa 1940s

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