Valentine's Day Cards
Valentine's Day is said to be the second largest holiday for sending cards, falling only behind Christmas. Approx. 150 million Valentine's Cards are sent yearly!!! Valentine greetings can be dated back to the Middle Ages but written ones didn't appear until around 1400. Charles, Duke of Orleans holds the honor for writing the oldest known greeting still in existence today. By the 17th and 18th century it was becoming popular to give a hand written not or token of affection to a loved one.
Mother of American Valentine
Esther Howland became the first person to sell mass produced Valentine Cards in America. In the 1840's, she was creating beautiful cards with real lace, ribbons and colorful photos.
No one knows for sure today the exact history of Valentine's Day. There are several different stories relating to the history of Saint Valentine. However, today, it is a day to profess your love in a special way. This could be giving a special heart felt card or writing your own. People send tokens of affection, such as chocolates and roses. Even the kids at school send Valentine Cards and those yummy conversation hearts!