A Valentine’s Day Card For The History Books

Some us may still have to pick out a card today. Good luck if you do but if your thinking of adding a more personal touch, why not draw some inspiration from what is likely the oldest Valentine’s Day card in existence?

 

 

 

It was published on 12th January 1797 by John Fairburn of 146, Minories, London. It includes a verse printed around the edge:

 

“Since on this ever Happy day,
All Nature’s full of Love and Play
Yet harmless still if my design,
‘Tis but to be your Valentine.”

 

The card was sent by Catherine Mossday to Mr Brown of Dover Place, Kent Road, London. Inside a handwritten message reads:
Mr Brown,
As I have repeatedly requested you to come I think you must have some reason for not complying with my request, but as I have something particular to say to you I could wish you make it all agreeable to come on Sunday next without fail and in doing you will oblige your well wisher.
Catherine Mossday.

 

 

Not too sure how the love story ended for these two but hopefully yours will be a happy one.

 

Photo/story credit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld

Photo credit: http://valentinesdaycards.weebly.com

 

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