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Celebrate Your Love With These 12 Valentine’s Day Cards From The 1900s

by Angel Chang
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Today, Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world and is greatly marketed and commercialized. But a little more than a century ago, the tradition was a little simpler.

We have looked through the New York Public Library’s digital archive, and have found some truly intriguing Valentine’s Day postcards.

Below, we select just a few of them to show you how beautiful and diverse these vintage cards were. Some of them may appear to feature illustrations that are a little odd for our taste, but it’s all good fun.

Today, we have a rather different idea of what makes a Valentine’s Day card special, and we love new, charming designs, like these adorable scratch-off cards.

Whether you’re more into vintage-style cards, or prefer the cards sold today, Valentine’s Day is still one of the loveliest, most romantic traditions that we can celebrate.

Scroll further to take a look at the most interesting and fun Valentine’s Day cards from over a century ago. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Valentine's cards from 1900s

Many of the Valentine’s Day–themed cards in the library’s digital collection feature rosy-cheeked cherubs framed by hearts and flowers, like this postcard here.

Valentine's cards from 1900s

Others have fabric-like surfaces, and are incredibly detailed.

Valentine's cards from 1900s

Others have a cartoonish style, much like the ones on cards that we would probably see today.

“You is my best girl,” reads this card. It leaves us to believe that even kids bought and exchanged Valentine’s cards back then.

Valentine's cards from 1900s

And, just like today, many of these cards display cheeky little messages.

Valentine's cards from 1900s

Some illustrations appear to be a little odd — like this one, where a little girl’s head is emerging from a writing slate.

Valentine's cards from 1900s

Others seem a little caricature-like, but are still adorable with the lovely animals in the background.

Valentine's cards from 1900s

Some take cues from an age long gone, and look up to the chivalrous knights and elegant ladies of the court.

Valentine's cards from 1900s

Some are outrageously hilarious to us today, like this gem right here.

Valentine's cards from 1900s

My favorite ones are of little friends giving each other little kisses.

Valentine's cards from 1900s

“My heart is light, my heart is free, I send it with fond love to thee,” says the message on this card, which frames a heart being lifted by a hot-air balloon.

Valentine's cards from 1900s

And last but not least, a few cards feature some very classy-looking ladies, whose portraits always make for the most elegant greeting cards.

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