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History of Valentine's Day and Valentine Cards

Updated on January 10, 2013
Victorian Valentine's Card, Source: Wikimedia Commons
Victorian Valentine's Card, Source: Wikimedia Commons
Valentine's Day postcard, circa 1910, Source: Wikimedia Commons
Valentine's Day postcard, circa 1910, Source: Wikimedia Commons

Everyone (mostly women) believes that Valentine's Day is the most romantic day of the year.

Men simply cannot, or refuse to, comprehend the enormity of the significance of Valentine's Day to a woman. But to their defense, "Gawd woman, it's football season." And Super Bowl Sunday comes before Valentine's Day. There is no way whatsoever that men could possibly crowd their minds with anything else other than watching football and drinking beer.

So, if your birthday, or your anniversary, happens to be between now and Super Bowl Sunday, put the gun away. Everything will be ok after Super Bowl Sunday, I promise.

After Super Bowl Sunday, you may steer their thinking to Valentine's Day. They still have a few days by then to prepare for Valentine's Day, which for men is lovingly called Holy-chit!-Is-it-that-time-of-the-year-again? day.


When is Valentine's Day?

For the guys, Valentine's Day is February 14th. This year, Valentine's Day falls on Thursday, February 14, 2013. Guys, please pay attention because your happiness, or even your life, might depend on this.


When is Super Bowl Sunday?

For the ladies (guys already know the dates by heart), Super Bowl Sunday (Super Bowl XLVII) this year is on February 3, 2013 (Sunday, of course) and will be held at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home to the New Orleans Saints.

Now listen here, ladies. No matter what your guy says, it is NOT compulsory for ALL men to watch the game in New Orleans.


Valentine postcards and greeting cards from Barbara Crews' Vintage Collection

Cupid embossed postcard, dated 1913,price paid $3.50
Cupid embossed postcard, dated 1913,price paid $3.50
Lucky Boy with Roses (late 1930s)
Lucky Boy with Roses (late 1930s)
To My Love (late 1930s)
To My Love (late 1930s)
Broken Heart Valentine, price paid $2
Broken Heart Valentine, price paid $2 | Source

History Of Valentine's day

February has long been a month of romance. It is the month associated with Valentine's Day and from time to time, we have heard the name St. Valentine being mentioned during this season of love. But just who is this St. Valentine? Why is this month associated with love and romance?

Well, it seems that the origin of this lovers day goes back as early as 270 A.D and started with the clash between a kindly priest named Valentine, and a Roman emperor. The Roman Emperor decreed a ban in marriage because he believed married men were more emotionally attached to their families and, therefore, would not be good soldiers. Seeing the utter despair in lovers' faces, Valentine decided to defy the Emperor and married the lovers in secret and the priest became known as "friend of lovers." But you know how secret goes. The mighty ruler found out about it and had the priest executed. Valentine is believed to have been executed on February 14, 270 AD. Before his death, he wrote a letter to his friend who happened to be a woman and signed it "From your Valentine."

Thus 14th of February became a day for all lovers and Valentine became its Patron Saint. It began to be annually observed by young Romans who offered handwritten greetings of affection, known as Valentines, on this day to the women they admired. With the coming of Christianity, the day came to be known as St. Valentine's Day.

The holiday evolved over the centuries. By the 18th century, gift-giving and exchanging hand-made cards on Valentine's Day had become common in England. Hand-made valentine cards made of lace, ribbons, and featuring cupids and hearts began to be created on this day and handed over to the man or woman one loved. This tradition eventually spread to the American colonies.

The first American Valentine's Day greeting cards were created by Esther A. Howland, a graduate and native of Worcester. Mass. Howland, known as the Mother of the Valentine, made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as "scrap". It was when Howland began Valentine's cards in a large scale that the tradition really caught on in the United States.

Today, Valentine's Day is one of the major holidays in the U.S. and has become a booming commercial success. According to the U.S. Greeting Card Association, 25% of all cards sent each year are "valentines". The "valentines", better known as Valentine's Day cards, are often designed with hearts to symbolize love. The Valentine's Day card spread with Christianity, and is now celebrated all over the world.

kids with umbrella card (late 1930), front and inside with poem,source: Barbara Crews' Vintage Collection
kids with umbrella card (late 1930), front and inside with poem,source: Barbara Crews' Vintage Collection

Guys! Pay Attention To This!!!


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    Rosie Rose 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya ezzly, I'm glad you enjoyed reading my Valentine hub.

    Welcome to Hubpages, and I wish you all the best.

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    ezzly 5 years ago

    lovely article

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    Rosie Rose 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya Avamum, thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub and thanks so much for the vote up.

    Have a great 2011,

    Rosie

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    Sarita Harbour 7 years ago from Yellowknife, Canada

    Hey Rosie - Happy New Year! Fun idea for a hub - voted up!

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    Rosie Rose 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Thanks for coming back, Anson. Oh you're very welcome.

    Rosie

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    ansonabey 7 years ago from Bangalore, India

    Thank you Rosie.

    Keep Writing

    Expecting more like this

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    Rosie Rose 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya ansonabey, thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you enjoyed my Valentine hub.

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    Rosie Rose 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya Halima, thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you enjoyed my valentine hub. Thank you so much.. that's sweet of you to say.

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    Rosie Rose 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya my dear friend Jackie, really? Oh that is so cool! You should have named your daughter "Valentine" then. Love all those too, but I ain't gettin' 'em this year. sob

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    Rosie Rose 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya katrinasui, thanks for dropping by. Oh you're so sweet. Thank you so much. hugsss

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    Rosie Rose 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya Pixie, thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you enjoyed my valentine hub. How come you're boycotting super bowl?

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    ansonabey 7 years ago from Bangalore, India

    Nice hub,with a great humor sense .

    keep up

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    Halima Fowosire 7 years ago from Osogbo,Osun State,Nigeria

    This is very beautiful Rosie,and I love your sense of humour:).You are a sweet lady.

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    Jackie Paulson 7 years ago from USA IL

    Rosie201- believe it or not my daughter was born on Valentines day, 2/14/94- so I am a huge fan of this day. When she was little I could put "heart" dresses on her and it was so much fun. now that she is older, that is history. LOL I love the romance and the flowers and the chocolates of this day. You deserve the whole anchalata.

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    katrinasui 7 years ago

    Hi Rosie, you are beautiful and you have sweet and friendly personality that's why we people like you.

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    Pixienot 7 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

    Well, I'll be... I thought I knew the history of Valentine's Day, but I was wrong. I really enjoyed your information. You are such a good writer and your words flow in such a fashion to draw me in.

    Thanks again!

    I have no comment on "Super Bowl" as I am boycotting it.

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    Rosie Rose 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya my dear friend Rhonda, it's always nice to see you gf. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub and brightened your day. How sweet! You are so sweet and I'm so happy we are friends.

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    Rhonda Musch 7 years ago from The Emerald Coast

    Hi Rosie. I enjoyed your delightful hub. You are a beautiful lady. So sweet and kind. I am sure if it is Gods will, you want be alone. I voted you up. awesome. You always brighten my day.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR

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    Rosie Rose 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya cookingdiva, thank you so much. That is really so sweet of you to say.. it's my pleasure. Thank you so much for the vote up. hugsss

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    Rosie Rose 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Hiya Will, thanks for dropping by. Aww that's so sweet of you.. thank you so much.

    Have a nice day,

    Rosie

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    cookingdiva 7 years ago

    Rosie,

    Sweet dear, I do not think you will be single for long. You have sweet and friendly personality that be liked by any man.

    I loved this hub, I am so inspired by you and I am glad to be following you! Voted up.

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    WillStarr 7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    You're in the heart of every man here, Valentine Rosie.

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