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An Old Louisville Victorian Valentine for you!

Sentiments of a century ago:

pansyTis a Heart of Pansy Bloom All made of thoughts sublime .......... Will't be my Valentine"

"Truly thine"
"This little tribute which I send I hope you will receive and keep it for the sake of one who never will decieve."

" The Rose is thought of Love divine. Oh be thou my Valentine"

May every blessing thee attend
And cloudless heavens o'er thee bend
Never shall this heart of mine
Turn its love away from thine

Here's to those who love us - If we only cared.
Here's to those we'd love - If we only dared!

(Lace and pop-up cards were the rage in the 1890's!)

LOVE TOKEN TO MY VALENTINE--Have I but fancied in those bright eyes I saw the light of a secret rise? a secret so sweet, my heart would ring, If I guessed it with joy like a gladsome spring."  (1901)

Delightful unsigned Valentine's card from the 1890s.
(It was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine!.)

"To my Valentine. As a slight token of esteem accept these lines from me; so plain and simple , they do seem unworthy such as thee -- but soon these traced lines will face and disappear -- 'tis their doom; May you, unlike them, be arrayed in perpetual bloom."


In Victorian times, the symbolism of flowers was widely understood.  A lady could read a bouquet as easily as a verse.
To learn what the flowers meant, we recommend the
Book of Symbols
(since you wouldn't want to say something silly, would you?)

Read a barely fictionalized account of a Louisville-area children's Valentine's Party of the 1890's by Annie Fellows Johnston
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Now really show your beloved that you care!
Make your own Valentine's Candy
using original Victorian recipes!

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