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Romantic Victorian Valentines

Updated on January 16, 2015
Victorian Valentines
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For the romantic at heart, a Victorian style Valentine's Day is the ultimate holiday. So, what was so different about Valentine's Day during the Victorian era? At this point in time, the Valentines's were made by the sender especially for a specific person. They were meant to woo and declare their feelings. The truly romantic began making their valentine immediately after the Christmas holiday was over.

These special valentines were ornate and detailed. The verse was handwritten and composed by the sender. Some of these cards were so excessively ornate that they had to be delivered in a box.

Many things were loving used to make up these elaborate valentines such as, mirrors, lace, paper lace, feathers, birds, hearts, cupids, angels, swans, and a small cllipping of hair. As I said, they were made especially for one particular person.

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

On Line Spots to Buy Victorian Valentines

https://carriagegifts.hostasaurus.com/Valentine.html

  • This website offers the romance of Victorian Valentine's Day. The cards are beautiful and reminicent of the most romantic ear. The collection includes such selections as: Pop-up cards, Ribbon cards, Lace cards, Romantic Fan greetings and more.

http://www.scrapalbum.com/stvalent.htm

  • Scrap Album offers a grand selection of paper lace Valantines with gilding, silvering, cutt-outs, perforating, embossing, and other methods used during the most romantic of eras.

http://www.zazzle.com/victorian+valentine+cards

  • Zazzle has the most beautiful selection of homemade Victorian Valentine's Day cards. Each is unique and takes you back to the time when men were gentlemen and women were ladies. The romance eminating from these cards will touch even the hardest of hearts.

http://www.blumchen.com/valentine_shop.html

  • Blumchen helps bring back the romance of years gone by. The cards and ornaments available on this website is sure to please. Cupid is surely at work here.

Victorian lace valentine
Victorian lace valentine

Making Your Own Valentine

I decided to include for the crafters in our group, some of the best sites to use to get suggestions and directions to make your own romantic valentine for the love of your life. Imagine the surprize, pride, and love your partner will feel when they open up a valentine that you made with your own two hands. There's nothing that says love more than homemade.

http://user.xmission.com/~tssphoto/valentine.html

http://www.etsy.com/listing/64126710/printable-victorian-valentines-patina

http://www.familytreemagazine.com/article/victorian-valentines

For those who are not quite so crafty, I have included a site that has the most gorgeous Victorian-style Valentines that can be sent by email. Really good news - they're free.

http://gerdesdesign.com/valentines.htm

Baby Cupid is a rouge With his tender charm, Tells you kisses are in vogue Will not do you harm. But sweet Valentine beware! It brings you love, but also care.
Baby Cupid is a rouge With his tender charm, Tells you kisses are in vogue Will not do you harm. But sweet Valentine beware! It brings you love, but also care.

Valentines quotes and sayings

  • Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate the joy of being in love. Unless you're single and lonley then it's called Laundry Day. ~ Dane Cook
  • If you live to be a hundred, I hope to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you. ~ Winnie the Pooh
  • Oh, if it be and call thee mine, love, thou art everyday my Valentine! ~ Thomas Hood
  • Some women don't need flowers, candy, or candlelight dinners on Valentine's Day. Please be advised that I am not one of them. ~ Author Unknown
  • Valentine's Day is when a lot of married men are reminded what a poor shot Cupid really is. ~ Author Unknown
  • I don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon. ~ Author Unknown
  • A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love to you. ~ Author Unknown
  • If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you've made me smile, the evening sky would be in the palm of my hands. ~ Author Unknown
  • For it is not into my ear you whispered,but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.. ~ Judy Garland
  • The hours I spent with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seem angels, but I have seen thee and thou is enough. ~ George Moore

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Victorian Valentines great hub and is most informative and useful

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      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      acaetnna, the Victorian era is such a romantic period of time. Valentine's Day and valentines seem to be a huge part of it all.

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      acaetnna 

      5 years ago from Guildford

      Oh what a beautiful hub. I just love anything to do with the Victorian era and their vintage Valentine cards are totally awesome. Voting up of course and hitting those buttons too!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      epigramman, the Victorian times were such a romantic time than you have to be a romantic at heart Thanks.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      expertscolumn, there are so many ways to show our love. This one is a once in a lifetime way for us today. It's nice to look back at the way things used to be.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      MFB III, it's true I like all things vintage. They have so much character.

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      ...well this may be one of the most definitive romantic hub presentations I've ever seen/read. Amazing isn't - Christmas and New Years Eve/day just ended and in another month or so it will be Valentine's day - my how time flies - still lovin' your hub name; it's one of my favorites - and here I sit sending you warm sincere wishes to you and your husband for a healthy, happy and prosperous 2013.

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      Stanley Soman 

      5 years ago from New York

      Yes but I am not sure if this might be the ultimate Valentine's Day gift, this seems to be like a gift out of a bygone era. They look nice but I think any expression of love, commitment would say a lot. Doing all the work for the day and taking care of your partner might be pretty cool.

      Thanks i enjoyed reading and the picture--oooh yea

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      MFB III 

      5 years ago from United States

      I can see why you liked my New Years postcards on my song, you like I enjoy the magical graphics that used to be so poular all over the world. I enjoyed your art-ticle very much.~~~MFB III

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      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      idigwebsites, thanks for the great comment and sharing.

      kashmir56, they are beautiful. thanks

      hawaiianodysseus, I love looking back into past behaviors. They were so romantic then.

      pstraubie48, they are great site. you're going to love them. Thanks for the angels.

      Mhatter99, thank you for your great comment.

      Seeker7, that quotes really had me laughing too. It sounds like me.

      europewalker, I love the Victorian time period too.

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      europewalker 

      5 years ago

      I love anything Victorian and Victorian Valentiness Day cards are beautiful. Awesome hub.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Wow! This is such a beautiful and fascinating hub about Victorian Valentines - the cards are so pretty and romantic!! I also love the Valentine's Day sayings - what a great mix of humour and romance!! My favourite though was - "Some women don't need flowers, candy, or candlelight dinners on Valentine's Day. Please be advised that I am not one of them". ~ Author Unknown. This made me laugh!

      I think as long as there are websites or crafters who will put in a huge effort to make beautiful 'Victorian' effect cards for Valentine's Day then true romance still has a hope of staying alive!

      Great hub + voted up!

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. My wife will love it.

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from sunny Florida

      These are lovely. I adore the Victorian style of Valentine but also like to make others....too.

      I am getting ready to check out the sites you have provided as well. February is a busy month as there are birthdays along with heart day.

      Thanks for sharing this...I can see many of these quotes being turned into cards for those I love..

      Sending Angels to you..:) ps

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Lovely article that features beautiful victorian art, exquisite prose and poetry, and a nostalgic look at how very romantic our country--and others--used to be. Thank you for sharing this wonderful information! Happy New Year!

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      Thomas Silvia 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is such a beautiful and well written hub, i think those Victorian valentines are very beautiful and so nice if you make them yourself. Loved all the valentine quotes to. Well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      idigwebsites 

      5 years ago from United States

      "Valentine's Day is when a lot of married men are reminded what a poor shot Cupid really is." LOL.

      Anyway, I do believe sometimes that something is done elaborately just for their special someone and this is very true in this Valentines, Victorian style. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and beautiful. :)

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