Valentine’s Day……..


Valentine tokens were exchanged long before the Greetings Card Industry was invented. The commercialisation all  happened in the Victorian era, when  the printing techniques enable low cost mass production of coloured images.  Raphael Tuck & Sons, who had print works in London and also Saxony, were pioneers in developing the ‘Post Card’.  Many of the first Valentine Cards were just like postcards….. flat cards.  True they also produced folded cards with lace trim and other embellishments, but it was the flat cards, at a modest price that satisfied the mass market.  The Card above dates from circa 1885.

Three more cards, from my collection, are also samples of Victorian Valentine Cards.  Dated around 1900 and perhaps depict a further development in art style of the period.

Valentines senders were supposed to remain anonymous, which to me seemed rather strange…no point in ‘secret love’.  But I guess in the current Lockdown life we live, with many folk living lives apart, that many NEW methods of expressing ones “socially distanced” affectations have become the mode of conveyance.  I also guess the messages and the  intentions remain the same.

Valentines Day it may be but our message remains the same….

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

14th February

(C) David Oakes 2021

Saint Valentines Day…..No Red Roses here!


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Well not the traditional Valentine Red Roses…. but some rather colourful Hellebores (also known as Christmas Roses)….. a small selection from our garden.

Not that Valentine Greetings are anything new…here is a Victorian Valentine Card.


Though I have to say that the intentions of this devilish fellow are probably far from honourable.

14th February

(C) David Oakes 2020

Saint Valentines Day….. Remembered


A simple verse for Saint Valentines Day on this Victorian Valentines Card.

More often than not they featured a demur looking young Lady…


But occasionally the male was depicted….


The card above had the caption on the reverse of.. “The Gay Hussar”. 

I guess today that would be considered a very Un-PC comment.  Times do change.

All three Valentines Cards are Victorian, Published by Raphael Tuck & Sons of London and are from my Card Collection.  They were published between 1880 to 1899.  As was the popular style of the time they are all simple flat cards.


14th February

Cards from the David Oakes Card Collection.

(C) David Oakes 2019


Saint Valentines Day….

Just in case you were forgotten….Here is a Valentine Card just for you (one for the Ladies and one for the Gentlemen)

Two Victorian Valentine Cards (circa 1880’s) published by Raphael Tuck and Sons, London

Plus another of the same era but one more intricate having the décor punched out like a paper doily  to look like lace….this one is showing its age….



14th February

(C) David Oakes 2016

(from David Oakes- Images Card Collection)