Vintage Valentine’s Day Wishes – The New York Times

In the late 19th and early 20th century, the daily newspaper and book review were overflowing with advertisements for Valentine’s Day cards.

Credit…The New York Times

In February 1904, the book review looked at some of the cards and trinkets in person and found plenty to like, starting with a Robin Hood-themed golden heart emblazoned with the lines “I have lost my heart, and now I languish/For yours”. , my dear Valentine. A second card, resembling a shipping label, showed Cupid wearing an expressman’s cap: “I love you, my darling, and I must confess, / So by this Cupid, I express it .”

Some cards might as well have been proto-emojis. One showed “the luscious perspective of a peach (topped with a Cupid) and just the words ‘My Valentine,'” the story notes. “Yet another, heart-shaped and red, bears images of playing cards (to be precise, a “burst color” in the hearts) and a cigar smoking comfortably beside it. The reporter was most impressed by a card which depicted “a deliberate turtle surmounted by the God of Love and so coyly inscribed: ‘I don’t think I need say any more;/My love is slow, but it’s still sure'”. , a card for the “bold and confident” featured a plump bird and the rhyme, “Dearest Valentine—/If you say no! and let go of me,/You’ll be a very big goose.

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