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How our ancestors said “I Love You”

By rob taylor  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

Early Valentine card.

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 THE publication of this week’s issue falls on a special date for those touched by Cupid’s arrow — Saint Valentines Day, 14th February.

Today we have a multitude of ways of saying “I love you” to the special person in our life, with flowers, chocolates, wining and dining, text messages, and emails, but it’s the good old Valentine card which still holds sway for most couples... just like it was generations ago.

Of course, when the delicate card above was carefully chosen, and posted with anticipation to a loved one over a century ago, mobile phones and computers had never been thought of, so it was left to the good old postman alone to deliver messages of affection.

This pretty offering was sent to a young lady at Wednesbury in 1909, and we wonder if it had the desired effect? (From the Dianne Pye collection).

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