These Civil War Valentines Are Sour Like Lemons

Yes, there were some lacy, beautiful, Victorian Valentines sent during the Civil War, which came a few decades after the advent of the commercially-made greeting card. Here’s a nice roundup on the Kansas Historical Society’s website of engraved cards lauding “angel bright” soldiers’ sweethearts, who are “near at the dead of night/when I my vigil lone am keeping.”

The other kind of wartime Valentine, above and below, was bitter and cutting, rather than saccharine sweet. They...

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