Celebrate Love: This Week and Always

19th c. mechanical valentine, one of the items in the MMN exhibit, “Valetines”. Item #4134

While one might reasonably argue that every day should be a day to celebrate love and affection, we acknowledge the sentiment “officially” this week. Read about the early origins of the holiday’s namesake–Saint Valentine (really a composite of several martyred Roman saints)–here.

Sending postcard valentines became fashionable in early America, and were often collected and pasted into albums. More elaborate valentines became popular in the mid-1800s. Our “Valentine” exhibit on Maine Memory explores the evolution of valentines.

Perhaps, after reading through it, you will be inspired to make your own. Or, you can purchase reproductions of our historical valentines from Maine Memory’s companion website, Vintage Maine Images.

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