February 16 2018

Photo of the Week: Old School Valentine's Day Cards


Another week, another photo to highlight.

This week we have a look at Valentine’s Days from the past. It is from the Burlington Public Library and shows a collection of Valentine’s Day cards that date back to 1880-1940 and were provided by the Burlington Historical Commission.

Did you know that originally the day remembering Saint Valentine originally had nothing to do with romance? It was not even in honor of one Saint Valentine but two. The first was Valentine of Rome, a priest who was martyred in 269 and the other was Valentine of Terni who was martyred under the persecution of Emperor Aurelian in 273. It wasn’t until Chaucer’s poetry in the 14th Century about “Valentines” linked St. Valentine’s Day with romance that the start of the modern-day holiday started to form.

So there’s your history lesson for the day.

We’d like to see your photos. They could be of something you see around town, the weather outside your own door or even photos of your family members and pets. Whatever you think is interesting and would like to share.

Email your photos to bcat@bcattv.org with the subject line “Photo of the Week.”


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