by Steve Mills, contributing editor for Heartland Trails
Every year, all around the world, a celebration is carried out in the name of a mysterious figure, named Saint Valentine. Little is known about this man, as there are conflicting histories surrounding St. Valentine, though it would seem that this Saint, who lived sometime in 200 A.D., was most likely made a martyr on February 14th, 269 A.D.
In the early decades of the 1800's, hand-made cards were all the rage. Hard-earned money went into materials such as fancy imported laces, ribbons, and the highest-quality papers. Time was another major investment in hand-made cards, as many hours could be spent assembling and decorating a single Valentine, as well as drawing illustrations, and carefully lettering the card once the romantic verses have been thought up.