Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day, is a holiday observed on February 14 honoring one or more early Christian martyrs named named Saint Valentine. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other. The day first became associated with romantic lovein the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the high middle ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. It was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, and was later deleted from the Romain Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI.
Modern Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart-shpaed outline, doves, and the figure of the winged cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting card.
Here is a Photographic copy of an early 20th Century Valentine card from the author’s collection, mounted on Basic Grey scrapbook paper, with hand-sewn ribbon around the edge.