If you are still looking for a Valentine’s Day card for that special someone, makes sure to stop by our gallery to view our extensive collection of beautiful, antique cards. The first printed paper cards made in the United States appeared around 1840, although handmade Valentine’s Day cards were in existence long before then. We have a myriad of cards with sweet messages, lovely scenes, and beautiful hand-cut paper lace. We also sell many stand-up cards with a base and three-dimensional fold-out layers, which were popular designs from about 1895 until 1915. Below are a few of the cards we offer, many more can be seen in the gallery.
To My Own Valentine. Published by B.B., London and New York. Printed in England. This Valentine features a brass ring tied up in the string of a tassel. At the bottom of the card is a poem and at the top embossed hearts. Written on verso “Feb 14 1914” with the name of who sent and received the card. Image size 6 x 4 3/4 inches. LINK.
To a friend of mine from a friend of thine. Die-cut card, Undated. c.1890. This embossed Valentine features three cherubs holding strings of flowers. Image size 3-D, 6 3/8 x 3 5/8 x 2 1/8 inches. LINK.
To My Valentine. : In these blue forget-me-nots, : In these fragrant roses too, : Read the message fond and true : From my faithful heart to you. Die-cut color lithograph, Undated. c.1880. This beautiful 3D gilded Valentine opens up into an astral globe of honeycomb. The sun and moon rest at the top of the globe, handsome die-cut and embossed designs beneath them, including stars to play along with the astronomical theme. Inside the honeycomb globe is cupid, his quill made from a shortened arrow, backed by a red heart and a sphere of blue. Image size 3D, 10 3/8 x 6 1/2 x 3 1/8 inches (H-W-D), LINK.
Loving Thoughts. Published by A-Meri-Card. Made in U.S.A. L-198. Die-cut color lithograph, Undated. c.1925. This Valentine features a mechanic holding a a flattened tire with hearts on it. Move his and his eyes and pointing hand move too. Written on verso, “To James H. From Mary N.” Image size 6 1/8 x 4 3/8 inches. LINK.
My signal says…. GO…. My heart says -STOP- My Valentine I love you so! No publisher listed. Made in U.S.A. Die-cut color lithograph, 1932. This Valentine features a policeman and a signal light. The heart between them holds the valentine message and both the hearts border and its text are printed with metallic paint. Written on verso “Wallace Ford. Eunice Smith.” Image size 5 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches. LINK.
I Love You. Hang on to me, My Valentine. Die-cut color lithograph, Undated, c.1920. This valentine features a boy peddling his tricycle with a girl standing on the back, arms wrapped around him. Image size 3 1/4 x 4″. LINK.
Don’t be surprised, don’t be afraid : To find I love you little maid : I’ve loved you all along…. Published by Raphael Tuck & Sons Co Ltd, New York. Die cut card, c.1910. By R.F. Outcault. This heart-shaped Valentine features a jack-in-the-box surprising a girl on Valentine’s Day. There are two hanger holes at the top, but the ribbon is missing. Image size 8 1/8 x 8 1/2″. LINK.
Have I not told my love to thee? A love that e’er will constant prove… Paper lace, c.1890. This beautiful Valentine features two layers of paper lace on top of an embossed golden card. The top most layer contains a charming piece of gold and white paper lace with chromolithograph appliques attached above and below it. A large chromolithograph applique of a cherub rests delicately in the center. Inside is a delightful illustration, resembling an old European castle, wrapped around the poem. Image size 10 x 7 3/8 inches. LINK.
My Love to Thee : Unworthy are my hands to hold those dainty hands in mine, : Unworthy are my lips to touch those rosy lips of thine… Paper lace, c.1900. This cute heart-shaped Valentine features a piece of silver and white floral paper lace with butterfly appliques on top. An applique of a boy offering an umbrella to a girl lays beneath. The next layer down contains an embossed floral card with golden highlights, which in turn sits on top of a blue and golden card. Image size 8 1/2 x 8 inches. LINK.