On Saint Valentine's Day, lovers have always
conveyed heartfelt emotion through gifts of love. Very often,
confessions of love were communicated through the written word,
whether carved in stone, carefully lettered on parchment, or mass
produced by Victorian publishing houses. Poets composed romantic
rhymes; others wrote love letters where they revealed intimate
and passionate feelings for the beloved. For the many who were
not able to compose elegant love messages themselves, 19th-century
publishers and artists produced beautifully designed greeting
cards. Through the influence of the postcard after 1900, greeting
cards were also tailored for the broader world of friends, relatives
1850–1881. Esther Howland (1828–1904).
Commercial card. N.E.V.Co. Paper lace, scrap appliqué,
coloured wafer of paper, cutout. Musée Colby-Curtis:
15. x 9.5 cm.