Saturday, February 13, 2010

Vintage Valentine Party

Happy Valentine's Day and WELCOME to the Vintage Valentine
hosted by the Joan at Anything Goes Here. Be sure to
visit her to find all the party participants and their links!

My vintage valentines have a long family history. They had been
for years and years in a family cedar chest.

My heart is broken
quite in two,
And only you can
mend it;
So by good Saint
This very day
I send it.

Deep in this cedar chest was a little box full of valentines with the names of
my Great Grandmother, her siblings and her parents. I believe they date
somewhere between 1915-1920. Evidently it was the fashion of the day to
have your name printed on the little valentine cards you handed out.

The box itself was a gift to my Great Grandmother from her younger
I love the handwriting on the back, written so long ago.

My Great~grandmother Maude
at the age of 19

One of the many valentines in the little box, some of them have family
s printed on them and some of them are actually signed by the
"giver" of the valentine. My Great grandmother, her Mother,
her Father, her Sisters and her Brothers, they are all there, safe in
the little b

My Great~Grandmother and her family

around 1915

It is truly special to open these little cards and see the names of family

members from 90 years ago, people I have never met but am forever
linked to through a long line of genetics and history.

A valentine from little me
I send to little you,
I hope you'll think it's pretty,
It means I love you true.

A whole stack of family treasures, lovingleigh saved for years.

There are even valentines from my Great Grandmother's students, as she
was a schoolteacher before she married. All of these valentines meant so
much to her that she saved them. They were handed down to my Grandpa
who in turn held on to them until the day when he was ready to let them go
and I gratefully snatched them up so that I could treasure them.

My love is as deep as the ocean,
And if I had the sand,

I'd ask you for your
and ask
your father
for your

Happy Valentine's Day my Loveleighs,

my world is sweeter for knowing you!


A Southern Rose said...

I love this post. You are so lucky to have these from your grandmother. Happy Valentine's Day!

Lee Laurie

Carole said...

What absolutely wonderful treasures. You are so lucky to have them.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

What a lovely Valentine post. Your family valentines are so special and you are so blessed to have them. Lovely photos also.

Happy Valentines Day.


Draffin Bears said...

Happy Valentines Day, dear Sares.
Such a beautiful post and so many lovely vintage cards and photos.

Enjoy your weekend


xinex said...

These vintage Valentine cards are all so lovely, Sares...Christine

My Vintage Studio said...

You have beautiful cards to cherish!
Thank you for visiting my blog.
This is my first time to your lovely!

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

You sure have many to Treasure ~ Love the Old Photo, thanks for stopping by.... Happy Valentine's Day

Dusty Devoe said...

These Valentine's are so beautiful. You can pass them down to your children. Happy Valentine's Day to you!!!

terri said...

I love your sweet Valentines! What special family connections. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

What a fabulously beautiful Valentine post! Everything is so gorgeous and the history of your family's enjoyment and sharing of the holiday is precious! Have a wonderful Valentines Day!

Judi said...

Breathtaking ~ you have displayed them so nicely and the history behind them is extraordinary! You're quite lucky to have these. Happy Valentine's Day! Judi

Jenny said...

Good morning Sares! What a beautiful and sentimental post! I especially love your Grandmothers box. That is a treasure. And the red birds just made me smile.

And I hope you will smile, too, when you visit my blog today!

Vicki said...

Oh, Sares, what a treasure you have there! I am so glad it was passed on to you for I know you will always treasure it! I am wishing you a day full of love and happiness, my dear friend! Vicki

Postcardy said...

Those are beautiful. You are lucky these were saved.

Debby said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Sares. Love your vintahge Valentine party, beautiful.

Cora said...

Beautiful Valentines....Love the vintage!! Love your beautiful old photos too! Such wonderful memeories and treasures!

Happy Valentine's Day to you Sares
Sending Love!

The Muse said...

hope the treasures of the day find you..and wrap in a blanket of tenderness!

Anonymous said...

Happy Valentines Day!
I love the photos. You are so artistic.

Loretta said...

What beautiful little Valentine cards. How wonderful to have them handed down to you! Thanks for sharing, and happy Valentine's Day!

Diane and Kelly said...

How lucky you are to have such family treasures!

Second Hand Chicks


Very nice to have a Valentine collection from your family! Priceless treasures.
Deb :)

Pony Girl said...

Those are so special! You are lucky to have them, such wonderful family memntos. Maybe you should figure out a way to preserve them by framing them? Happy heart day! xo

Faithful said...

I much enjoyed your Valentine Post with the beautiful old valentines and their verses. They are very special mementos..kept by a very special granddaughter to appreciate. A family name well deserved... ~lovely~

Lisa said...

Love your Valentines and your pictures! What a fun post!!
Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours!
Hugs, Lisa

Rebecca said...

Your valentine card collection is so wonderful and special!! I have had such fun with this party! Hope you have had a lovely Valentine's Day!

Back Porch Blessings,

unexpected Necessities said...

What a great story! You are lucky to have them,thanks for sharing!

Desert Rose said...

How loveliegh for you to have these wonderful memories!!!

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Thase are some nice treasures from your grandmother. And the box is verry nice. Thank you for visting my blog. Have yourself a great week.... Julian

anythinggoeshere said...

What wonderful family treaures!

And shared in such a sweet and and thoughtful way!

Thank you for participating in the Vintage Valentine Card Party! xo Joan, your hostess

GwendolynKay said...

Beautiful vintage cards, love the pink love birds. Great photo of your family. I love looking at old family photos.

Paula@SweetPea said...

You've got some real treasures. I enjoyed looking at your old cards and pictures, too.