I have always loved vintage Valentines. When I was a little girl, my family liked to antique together. When we wandered through antique stores, I always looked at Valentines and holiday cards. When I first heard of eBay, I browsed for vintage Dachshund Valentines. And then I started selling. I mostly sold vintage children's books at first, and then I added in vintage Valentines and vintage Christmas cards and ornaments. I still love finding a big box of Valentines, scanning them, and listing them. All of the cards pictured today are located in my stores: eBay Valentines department, Etsy, and Bonanza.
Here are a few of my latest vintage Valentines:
Three dogs in a barrel at sea. This card is spectacular! It is mechanical and the barrel rocks back and forth when you move it.
This heart-shaped card is 1920's vintage. It features a little boy and girl under a big umbrella.
A sweet little bear has a plate of Valentine heart cookies.
Love this Mid-Century illustration of a girl in a fancy dress and hat. "A Valentine for a Swell Sister."
Fun 1950's owl Valentine. "Do I give a hoot for you, Valentine?"
Fun Mid-Century card for a husband -- includes several pages of illustrations:
A cute kitten drinks an ice cream soda at a malt shop:
1920's or earlier card featuring a little girl with ringlets talking to a bird. "I'm all of a twitter my Valentine."
This is an unusual mechanical Valentine! The little girl's eyes open and close. "Don't give me the shut-eye my Valentine."
A calico cat plays with yarn -- mechanical card. (The cat's eyes move.) "I love you and that's no yarn my Valentine!"
Fun Deco Valentine featuring a boy and girl fishing. "If you're fishing for me use your heart as bait my Valentine."
This mechanical card features a dressed dog in a butcher shop chopping baloney. The card is mechanical - his arm and the knife move. "It's no baloney when I say I love you!"
I believe this older card is a Grace Drayton illustration. It features a little girl with dumb bells who is exercising as her dog watches. The card is mechanical -- the girl bends at the waist. "I'm 'most reduced to tears, I'm so skeered I won't get the Valentine I want."
This mechanical card features a little girl in a flower hat that pulls up and down. "Pansies tell what I can't conceal. Look under my hat and see how I feel."
This is a fabulous mechanical card. The little boy's arm and pig move back and forth. "Tom, Tom the Piper's Son stole a pig one day - and as for you, your taking ways just steal my heart away!"
This is a lovely Charles Twelvetrees illustrated card. It features a boy and girl on a toy horse: "With your arms around me holding tight, we'll gallop on my hobby horse - 'cause love's in sight! Be My Valentine." The card has a honeycomb detail -- the horse's back folds out into a beautiful honeycomb.
Another Grace Drayton illustration. (You will recognize her work from the Campbell soup kids.) A boy and girl stand with an organ grinder and a monkey. "Don't monkey with my heart - be my Valentine." This is a mechanical card -- the boy's arm, the winding device, and the children's eyes all move.