Thursday, February 14, 2008

Thursday Thirteen - 42 - 13 Victorian Valentines

Happy Valentine's Day to you - hope your day is flirty and fun!

- 1

Early example of a decorated paper valentine from Indiana University library

Text reads:

Why fear to answer yes?
This circling bond a charm,
Will give existing bliss;

Will plighted vows each bosom warm,
Doubt not dear maid; no guile with me,
But love unto eternity.

- 2

- 3

Lace paper valentine, mid 19th century

Tis sweet to Love
And passing sweet
When Heart to Heart
In rapture meet

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Sandee said...

They are all beautiful Julia. Very well done. Have a great TT and Valentine's Day. :)

Unknown said...

I absolutely loved all these images. I love anything tiny and detailed and stylistic like that.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Know what I like about those? They are sweet and heartfelt, not snarky. Even I, who loves rude cards, can have enough at times.

This must be one of those times.

Mia Celeste said...

Cool valentines! What a neat idea!

Jill said...

Those lace one are beautiful! Way far from our cheap paper ones, that is reproduce to 1000's of copies!

Anonymous said...

These are so gorgeous! Happy Valentine's Day!

Darla said...

They're really lovely--nice enough to frame. You couldn't do that with today's mass-produced cards.

Karina said...

Oh, how beautiful these are! (Look, you've got me speaking in old english style) haha....

Hey it's said...

Oh those are so beautiful!

Sans Pantaloons said...

Love and Hugs Julia!

Gattina said...

I see myself sitting on the half moon with Mr. Gattino, lol ! Soooooo romantic !

Anonymous said...

That lace one is GORGEOUS. They don't make them like they used to :)

Thanks for coming by, I appreciate it.

Happy Valentine's Day


Flowerpot said...

an amazing selection - well done!

Joy Renee said...

i love these.

hope your valentine's day was a sweet.

Dara Edmondson said...

I loooove those! They're so romantic - what a valentine should be!

Tink said...

What a beautiful TT with all those lovely Valentines...
Thanks for visiting my poem TT!

Akelamalu said...

Oh they knew how to write in those days didn't they? Not like now

I love you I love you I love you almighty
I want your pyjamas next to my nightie

Thanks for bringing some romance back - I hope you had a romantic Valentines Day. x

bindhiya said...

I find you from akelamalu's place..
beautiful post!
Belated Valentines Day wishes!

SimplyGigi said...

I love your Thursday 13. Mine is slightly more cynical! LOL