Let it be known, I have a thing for vintage paper – books, sheets of music, advertising, and especially vintage cards and imagery. I think it’s pretty amazing the colors and details that were possible back in a time before photoshop. I’ve used vintage style graphics and typography in logos I have designed for several businesses, and I love working with this unique style for personal projects and crafts. I purchased some vintage Valentines from a dealer on e-bay years ago, just to stir up inspiration for some decorating projects, and thought I would share them with you today.
You see, Valentine’s Day is pretty special around our house. It’s not just that I love the nostalgia and sweetness of this holiday, but it was also my late grandmother’s birthday and happens to be my now 9 year old daughter’s birthday. No, we didn’t schedule it that way. It was honestly of her choosing, but I see bits of my grandmother’s charming character in my daughter on a daily basis – from her petite stature and vivid blue eyes, to her sassy comments and affinity for heels and bright lipstick when she’s playing dress-up. I think these two are kindred spirits, even though they never met, and we always celebrate Valentine’s Day a bit more than most families probably do.
Here’s some photos of a few of my favorite Valentines for you to enjoy today.
These are 2 small stand-ups that I can imagine were tucked into tiny envelopes and given to a dear friend.
This simple folding card shows a dapper young man bringing a bounty of sweet nothings to his gal.
This card is a true dimensional pop-up with multi-layers adding depth to the overall image. She’s a sweet little thing sitting amongst the flowers.
This little gem is the epitome of Valentine’s Day with it’s swarm of darling cherubs.
The last one has a bit of wear at the top where the heart got folded over time, but it’s a large one with heavier stock at about 8 inches tall and just as beautiful with it’s lovely colors and stacked graphics.
Most of these dandies were addressed to a sweet lady named Ella. I assume she must have been sweet to receive such lovely Valentine greetings from so many admirers.
I hope you have a lovely Valentines Day today wherever the day may take you.