Valentine’s Day wasn’t always such a commercial focus. Here are samples of hearts and love that show a different side of February 14th.
This 1920s boudoir pillow covering was never completed. From the outline, you can see that it was a kit. I have many aprons, linens and laundry items where the image is dyed and only the outlines need to be embroidered. Her stitches are so tiny and immaculate – this would have been the most enchanting cover. Always I wonder why such a project was abandoned. Perhaps it was for a friend’s bridal shower, and she was a tad envious. Perhaps she put it away, intending to sew it for her own dressing room and forgot about it. Whatever the reason, her heart was not into this project.
1943, with our men at war, we wore our hearts on the home front
This poem from 1943 may seem silly, but she is sending a valentine to her husband, who is fighting in the war.
The most popular boy in his 1949 elementary school with his Valentine haul.