The Victorians were very enthusiastic about Valentine’s Day. In fact, it might be said that they invented many of the traditions and icons we now associate with the holiday, including the tradition of sending cards (which just happened to coincide with the advent of affordable and widespread postal service.) Tens of thousands of designs were produced, and the quality of design tended to be excellent. They were usually printed by chromolithography, which makes the image quality especially brilliant.
We have been collecting 19th century Valentines for fifty years and have selected, from the large collection we have accumulated, a few favorites to make your Valentine’s Day that much more special.