When we cleaned out my parents’ house this summer, we came across these vintage Valentines from my mother’s childhood. You’ve heard me say before that I believe in enjoying all of my inherited keepsakes, rather than just packing them away in a box, so of course these special Valentines needed to make an appearance.
Several of them are dated from 1951, when my mom was in kindergarten. 💕
I particularly love the one signed from Mom Smith and Daddy Carl, who were her beloved grandparents, and marked with an XO. My mom also signed all her cards with X’s and O’s and now I can see where she got it from. ❤️
It was so fun to look through all of these Valentines and imagine my mom receiving them at her kindergarten school party. They deserve to come out of hiding for awhile and be displayed and enjoyed.
I didn’t want to damage them however, so I decided to display them, collage-style, in a frame. They aren’t affixed with any kind of adhesive at all. I just arranged them on the glass in a slightly overlapping fashion, and then carefully reattached the back of the frame, so that the Valentines are pressed tightly against the glass to hold them in place.
When Valentine’s Day is over, I can simply remove them, undamaged, from the frame, and tuck them safely away in their box again.
Tip: If you like this look, but don’t have any true vintage valentines, you can certainly use modern Valentines, or there are many places online where you can print out faux vintage valentines.
For now, I get to enjoy my mom’s vintage valentines, prominently displayed in my living room, as a sweet reminder that Valentines Day is a way of celebrating those we love… the ones who are still here with us, and the ones who have gone on ahead. ❤️ 💕