Vintage Valentine’s Day Greetings

The roots of Valentine’s Day can be traced back to Ancient Rome, though the modern incarnation of the Holiday didn’t begin until the turn of the 19th century.This article in Town & Country Magazine illustrates a brief history of how Valentine’s Day has evolved and why the tradition of sending greeting cards has become a fixture of the season.

We love looking back at vintage Valentine’s Day cards from the 19th and 20th centuries to see changing trends. Many of the bold illustrations and puns of the past have given way to more subtle designs, though we can’t help but smile when we look at how people have expressed their love through the ages.

Please feel free to share some of your favorite Valentine’s Day cards that you have received over the years and tag us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

Longing for the 1930s

It’s amazing to reflect on the rise of prices throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century.

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An free demonstration advertisment and order form for a Martin Mail Order $200 Automobile.

In the 1930s, a mail order car cost $200, and this pricing includes a box that you can use regularly as a garage. The freight is $50 to transport the car directly to the customer. It’s worthwhile to note that there is no interest added to the $5 weekly payment spanning 35 weeks!

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The Martin Automobile manual, including all of the features of the car and how those features make it a remarkable car for its time.