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February 11, 2016

All You Need Is Paper: Why Antique Valentines Still Melt Modern Hearts

Before Valentines were mass-produced, people had to get creative.
Women might embroider messages of love on fabrics. Some suitors wrote verse in beautiful calligraphy on a piece of embossed paper stationery, but if they lacked the skills to do so, they could pay for help. Better stationery shops offered a service where a clerk with lovely handwriting would write out your Valentine poem for you. And if you had trouble coming up with an appropriately romantic rhyme, you could purchase a broadside or chapbook known as a Valentine Writer, which provided both initial declarations of love and also poetic responses for the recipient. | Collectors Weekly

Posted by gvanderleun at February 11, 2016 4:55 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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