There is just something about them - maybe it's the way they're written, use of materials, colors or just the all around old-fashioned goodness, I think make the perfect current valentine.
Years ago people thought I was crazy when I would send out vintage valentines. They just didn't get it, asking if I couldn't afford new ones? That made me laugh. Yes, I could afford a $2.99 pack of standard foil cards and in a pinch, I have. But my preference is hunting for the old ones and re-working them.
Some of the collection:
WWII French Valentine postcard
"Love & Kisses, your hubby. 1944"
Yay for dating it - my mom taught me to put the date on everything because she said you always think you'll remember, but you won't.
Old postcards are a great thing to use when constructing your own Valentines. They can be less expensive than the old cards and are in abundance at antique shops and flea markets.
They are usually dated and postmarked making it easy to identify the age.
Calling cards from the 1890's - 1940's; small works of art
it's the secret admirer, not creepy stalker note, on the back that caught my attention.