Creepy vintage valentines sure to win your heart

Before the event was Christianised, Valentine’s was originally a pagan fertility festival where, according to legend, young women were paired off with their chosen partner for the year after a lucky dip type event.

By the 15th century it began to head in the direction of the ode to consumerism we see today with written valentine's notes becoming more common. The 1840s then saw Esther A. Howland beginning to sell the first mass-produced Valentine's day cards in America. 

But somewhere between fertility festivals and balloons with bears inside, Valentine’s Day, went awry and it was all scary clowns and wildly inappropriate sexual and murderous innuendo.

Vintage valentines card showing girl with rash

Let's say its chicken pox

 

 

 

 

Valentines card with canon

 When he brings his canon to a date

Vintage valentines card with football

What does this say to young girls

 

 

Vintage clown valentine card

And then the clowns came on board

 

 

 

 

Vintage ghost valentines card

Persistence/ stalking pays off apparently

 

 

 

 

Vintage valentines card

No comment

 

 

 

 

Vintage valentine with skunk

Um....

 

 

 

 

Vintage valentines day card with superhero

Again with the persistence

 

 Vintage Valentines card with bull

Pretty sure this was illegal, even back then

 

 

 

 

 Main image: Laura Ockel

 

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