Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Spent the weekend at Old Sturbridge Village as "Esther Howland, Mother of the American Valentine". A Worcester original, she popularized Valentines--and thus Valentine's Day--in America with her handmade cards from 1847-1881.

Here are a few 19th century valentines of my own making:

And since Esther Howland made valentines ranging from $.05 to $50, my attempt at a $.05 card (needless to say, not too many of these, which is to say, none I could find, exist in this price range):

With Love,

1 comment:

  1. So pretty!! Not a bad way to spend Valentine's Day :D
    Haha, the patron saint of Hallmark!