It was a combination of their beauty, the messages, and the history that drew me in. After her collection numbered somewhere over 12, examples of Valentine, friendship and devotional ephemera, her son and his wife, to whom she had given it, entrusted the collection to The Huntington Library Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Calif. Rosin remains as passionate about Valentines as ever, cataloguing examples at such renowned institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and giving lectures on this subject. Particularly desirable are those employing cobweb devices where one pulls on a string to lift up the cobweb, exposing a hidden image sometimes several or a secret message. Pull a string attached to the castle, and a cobweb device lifts to reveal a mouse in a trap.
Collection of Vintage Valentine Pictures (62)
Lots of Free Valentine Clip Art Images
Share the love here and now! With friends on Facebook or book club members. With co-workers and neighbors. We have slightly retouched the cards to make texts sharper and colors more vibrant.
12 vintage Valentine’s Day cards that you can send digitally
The image above is from my stash of vintage die cuts from the 19th-century. These die cuts are super fragile and most of them were originally attached to antique scrapbook pages. Vintage scrapbooks are fantastic sources for antique print media, covering the celebrities, politics, art, and advertisements of the era. I found these awesome rose illustrations from the 19th-century in one of my favorite public domain archives, Archive. These illustrations come from the book, Beauties of the Rose , published in
Back in the day, Hollywood celebrated Valentine's Day each year with pinups and portraits of rising stars—most notably Marilyn Monroe, who's featured in three of the 20 vintage photos that follow. The Rat Pack's gal pal played Frank Sinatra's wife in the original "Ocean's 11" more than a decade before she starred as Sgt. Pepper in the '70s primetime series "Police Woman.