: Valentine card with the name "Johnnie" on the back, 1940. The card features a rabbit with the message "I'm all ears--say you'll be my valentine!" On the reverse is a printed poem reading, "Don't hesitate--don't make me wait/ Give me a sure sign/ That your heart's true/ and that you too/ Will be my Valentine." Early American Valentine cards were handmade, and it wasn't until the mid-1800s that cards began to be manufactured on a larger scale. By the 1940s, colorful Valentines like the one seen here were mass produced for the public, often with "mechanical" pieces that moved and humorous messages to the recipient.
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: E14_valentine_02_01 Subjects
: Cultural Ohio--Popular Culture; Valentines; Holidays; Correspondence; Places