.....I got sucked right in to the world of hearts, puns and witty comments of decades ago. I felt a little like Alice having fallen down the rabbit hole, wondering if these greetings were met with blushing admiration, giggles or romantic gestures? Apparently at one time expressing affections or intentions towards an object of your desire took on playful tone and lighthearted style of messages. Check out this article which offers a complete history of Valentine's through the years: "In the 1910s the Hall Brother’s Company began printing their own versions of the Valentine’s card, a company which later morphed into Hallmark, still going strong on the Valentine’s front today. During the Roaring Twenties bright young things would send teasing cards with flirtatious rather than overtly romantic messages. The American Depression and post-war gloom changed the light-hearted tone to something more earnest during the 1930s, with more muted colours in keeping with the prevailing mood of the time."
- "The Valentine – A Tribute to Love" | Victoriana.com
- "Valentine's Day through the years" | Hallmark.com
- Chesapeake, VA: "Explore the mushy side of history at a Vintage Valentine exhibit through March 4th"
History of the Valentine's Card: Valentine greetings have been popular since the Middle Ages, a time when prospective lovers said or sang their romantic verses. Written valentines began to appear after 1400. Paper valentines originated in the 1500s, being exchanged in Europe and being given in place of valentine gifts and oral or musical valentine greetings. They were particularly popular in England. The first written valentine (formerly known as "poetical or amorous addresses") is traditionally attributed to the imprisoned Charles, Duke of Orleans, in 1415. While confined in the Tower of London after the Battle of Agincourt, the young Duke reportedly passed his time by writing romantic verses for his wife in France. Approximately sixty of the Duke's poems remain and can be seen among the royal papers in the British Museum. They are credited with being the first modern day valentines.