by Richard McKinstry
identify St. Nicholas with Christmas, St. Patrick is recognized
by all who are or who would like to be Irish, and we are forever
grateful to St. Valentine for being the patron saint of lovers.
To celebrate St. Valentine's day our colonial ancestors made their
own valentine cards, complete with illustrations and original verses.
Early valentines were done in watercolor or pen and ink; they often
included cutouts; and rebuses, acrostics, and other kinds of puzzles
were commonplace. Absent envelopes, these valentines were folded,
sealed with wax, and often hand delivered. As printing developed
and as America's postal system matured, valentines became an accepted
way to convey one's love. During the late nineteenth century companies
headed by McLoughlin Brothers, Louis Prang, Charles Magnus, and
others owed much of their prominence and success to their production
of valentine cards.
To learn more, read Valentines
The Language of Love" by Nancy Rosin >>