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The origins of St. Valentine's Day and the customs associated with it are very much contested, but the tradition of sending anonymous messages to loved ones on 14 February thrived in the 18th century and remains as popular today.

19th century Valentine

Be My Valentine

A beautiful gallery of Valentines from the 19th century.
Victorian comic Valentine

Comic Valentines Gallery

Valentines were not always sent with love! View our gallery of rare comic Valentines.
Victorian comic valentine

Comic Valentines

Discover how comic Valentines caused such a stir in 19th century Britain.  
Perfumed sachet Valentine

A Short History of Valentines

Read more about the St. Valentine tradition

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