I was randomly perusing the internet earlier today when I came across a site full of images of old-time Valentine cards. They brought back memories of grammar school where we decorated brown paper lunch bags with hearts and glitter and taped them onto the front of our desks, awaiting the annual delivery of Valentine cards. The cards came from the dime-store, in a cardboard box, and the night before Valentine’s Day was spent addressing an envelope/card for each classmate (whether we liked them or not).
The cards were often corny, like the image in this post, and the sentiments expressed were not always meant, but it was always fun to open up the little stash of cards, especially those that included a sucker or candy heart in the envelope.
Based on my latest foray to the Hallmark store, Valentine’s cards have evolved a bit over the years, but are still just as popular. I spent a happy hour perusing the cards which ran the gamut from amusing to treacle-sweet, with a few oddities in between. I was actually at the store to get some birthday cards, but it was fun trying to decide which of the Valentine cards my fictional characters might give one another.
It was more difficult than I thought. Continue reading