Each age leaves an impact of its character in its greeting cards and other paper ephemera. We see in the beautiful postcards of the late Victorians that era's predilections in both love and design.
The imagery in 'Victorian Valentines Postcard Book' is largely formal because, to the Victorians, love was a serious business. We see beautiful women, well-groomed children, and the classical February 14th icons of cherubs, ornate hearts and many beautiful flowers. This is a thoroughly decorated universe, featuring baroque typography, bows and ribbons everywhere, and the occasional touch of lace. So felicitously do Valentine's Day and Victoriana mesh that much of what we think of as traditional Valentine's Day imagery is Victorian in origin.
We have selected 30 favorites from our collection for this gathering.