NEW CASTLE, Pa. – An exhibition of vintage Valentine’s Day cards is now on display at The Confluence, 214 E. Washington St., presented by Arts & Education at the Hoyt.
Vintage valentines are not only beautiful, but offer insight into the values and fashions of bygone eras. While the Hoyt’s collection of printed love notes spans the late teens through the 1930s, the history of the Valentine’s card dates back to the Middle Ages. In fact, the first known valentine was written by Charles Duke of Orleans to his wife while imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1415.
The practice of exchanging cards on Feb. 14 reached America some time after 1723. Small booklets of verses known as ‘”writers” were imported from England to be hand copied onto decorated sheets of paper. One popular writer contained not only the typical “Be My Valentine” type verses, but acceptances which a lady could return to her admirer. These early cards were often religious in nature containing illustration of the Sacred Heart and angels, which are likely to have transitioned into today’s valentine’s heart and cupid.
The manufacture of valentines in America began in the early 1800s as simple black and white illustrations that were hand painted by factory workers. Prior to that they were handmade.
Today, the deep sentiment once embodied in the handmade expression of love has been arguably lost to the commercialization of the card itself. Yet, the Valentine’s Day card remains the only printed sentiment on the market that still rivals the Christmas card in popularity and volume.
The Hoyt’s collection was gifted to the institution by Louis J. G. Buehler (1919- 2003), a third generation furniture manufacturer from Allentown, Pa. Many were collected during his childhood and printed in Germany where his family maintained strong relations.
The Hoyt is open Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 11a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, go to HoytArtCenter.org.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Mahoning Valley Historical Society has received two COVID-19 relief grants, which were awarded in December. The grants will help offset some of the decrease in income MVHS experienced due to the cancellation of its Memories of Christmas Past exhibit and other earned income activities.
In April, three local foundations—The Youngstown Foundation, Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, and The Raymond John Wean Foundation—came together to provide relief amid the coronavirus pandemic for nonprofit organizations. MVHS received a total of $15,000, comprised of $10,000 from the Youngstown Foundation and $5,000 from CFMV.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – After being off the air for a few months, radio talk show host Mo Ray is back on 570 WKBN.
Ray’s show, which returned this week, airs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. The political talk show host has been on WKBN for about 20 years.
Pictured above: A vintage Valentine’s Day greeting that is part of the exhibit at The Confluence in New Castle, Pa.
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Posted Jan. 13, 2021.