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Valentines

This Exhibit Contains 11 Items
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Valentine, East Baldwin

Valentine, East Baldwin

Item 4132 info
Maine Historical Society

This early 19th century valentine was addressed to Miss Emma Brown of East Baldwin.


2
Nineteenth century valentine

Nineteenth century valentine

Item 4135 info
Maine Historical Society

Valentines have evolved throughout American History, from handmade creations to purchased cards.

Some were as simple as a postcard, others as elaborate as the mechanical and fringed valentines that became popular in the mid 1800s.


3
Postcard greeting from France, ca. 1910

Postcard greeting from France, ca. 1910

Item 4128 info
Maine Historical Society

A handwritten French verse on the back of this valentine is signed by Charles Briant.

It reads, "Though sweetly beams the evening star, Thy smile, dear girl, is sweeter far."


4
Shoe valentine

Shoe valentine

Item 4129 info
Maine Historical Society

Teachers, friends, and family members signed each "page" of a boot-shaped homemade valentine, dated 1883-1884.


5
Soule fabric valentine, ca. 1882

Soule fabric valentine, ca. 1882

Item 4130 info
Maine Historical Society

Fringed valentines were popular in the 1880s. This one says "From my heart, I wish you happiness." Capt. Alonzo Soule addressed it to his wife, Deborah S. Soule, writing "To Wifey."

Alonzo Soule (son of Barnabas and Mehitable Wyer) married Deborah Sinnett on January 4, 1803; they had nine children.

Alonzo, a sailor, was lost at sea in November of 1883; the patent date for this valentine was February 14, 1882. This may have been the last valentine he gave her.


6
Broken heart valentine

Broken heart valentine

Item 4131 info
Maine Historical Society

Comic valentines, sometimes known as penny dreadfuls, as they sold for a penny and often had satiric verse, were popular in the 1840s.

They featured caricatures, or figures that looked like cartoon drawings.

This one reads: "Behold my broken heart, by affliction torn / I am pointed out by the finger of scorn / Pray come and marry me if you can / For I know I'm longing for a man."


7
Mechanical valentine

Mechanical valentine

Item 4134 info
Maine Historical Society

Mechanical valentines, also known as sentimental movables, trick valentines, or novel valentines, became popular as people stopped buying the earlier Victorian valentines.

Often they had movable parts and stands.


8
Doily valentine

Doily valentine

Item 4136 info
Maine Historical Society

This mechanical valentine, from around the turn of the century, is made from a doily and pasted pictures of a bird and flowers.


9
Love's yearning valentine

Love's yearning valentine

Item 4137 info
Maine Historical Society

On this valentine, made from a doily and paper, the inscription reads, "Albert from Merrill."


10
G. H. Knight valentine

G. H. Knight valentine

Item 4138 info
Maine Historical Society

On this 1848 handwritten valentine, written to George H. Knight, each letter spells out the recipient's name:

Generous Knight! A nature true

Each one owns to be your due

Open brow and manly face

Radiant with nature's grace

Genius bless thee from her store

Earth her choicest blessing know

Kingly power we wield today

None own mandate may gainsay

I, therefore of my sovereign will

Guided by the hearts fond thrill

Hold you by this queenly sign

To be my faithful Valentine


11
Wake my love my valentine

Wake my love my valentine

Item 4133 info
Maine Historical Society

Fringed valentines were popular in the 1880s.


This Exhibit Contains 11 Items