Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Valentines Day Cards for grown-ups

Well... That blog post title certainly sucks big time. I didn't know what else to put especially when some of the cards shown are to Dad or Mother, cards for lovers is definitely not appropriate!


I just realized that the card to Dad has bachelor's buttons tucked into the red heart, is it a cruel joke or letting him know that yes he is much better off now than when he was single and alone. I suppose we will never know.


Hearts, flowers, and ribbon adorn this long slender card, never mind that the forget-me-nots are the size of hydrangeas. Scale doesn't matter, it is the design and above all the sentiment that counts!


What 1950s mother wouldn't want an apron as glamourous as this little number? This is one of my favourites of the vintage cards. I will probably show you another "favourite card" in a little while.


I am not sure how I feel about this card, it seems to have several different design elements going on at the same time and none are relating that well. I do like the clean crispness of it though. In behind the cut-out circle is a piece of blue fabric with a Valentine's Day seal glued in the centre of the fabric circle.


An absolutely romantic image that a sister would send her brother and his wife. Okay... favourite number two.


The style of this card reminds me of the 1940s, I could be wrong, but the sentiment has also steered me in that direction; a card sent to a soldier by his wife or girlfriend. Am I reading too much into it?


The other Valentine for Mother was young and spoke of family whereas this card speaks of a grown child's love for her or his Mum.


It is interesting that a lot of cards for men to buy for their sweethearts are comic. Does this mean that men are incapable of showing feeling and emotion or is it "Not Masculine" to be romantic? I suppose it really does not matter because the sentiment is expressed.

This card is unique in that the card is finally revealed after the Valentine that it was given to opens each successive envelope.


The poem and the cuddly bear is on the face of each envelope...


another verse is given...


And then you have the choice, there are two envelopes the same size, one is for a married man, the other for a single man to his sweetheart... the envelope for the fellows sweetheart is shown above...


and this is the version for the married man... a simple solution so that this card hits both the married and the unmarried man...


The part of the poem that appears that he has had second thoughts...


only to be shown that he is madly in love with her...


finally...  the card with his heart felt sentiments...


and the clincher that there could be no one else that he would rather be with.

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