Three Centuries of Valentines Offer 12,000 Ways to Say ‘I Love You’

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February 15, 2018 Sheryl Jaeger

Congratulations to ESA President Emeritus, Nancy Rosin on creating this fine collection of Love and Friendship.  See the article below by Eve Kahn from the New York Times

Paper Valentines spanning three centuries of optimism about romance have been delivered to the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Calif. The collection of about 12,000 cards was assembled over four decades by Nancy Rosin, a historian and collector in Franklin Lakes, N.J., whose family has donated it to the museum.

Mrs. Rosin spent up to thousands of dollars each for the Valentines, which were produced as early as the 1680s. Their motifs, aside from the expected hearts and Cupids, can seem unsentimental. Images of battlefield tents represented spaces where soldiers could carve out time to write to their sweethearts, and depictions of caged mice may symbolize a desire to keep beloveds captive. (read more)

 


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