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February 14, 2013

The First Valentine’s Day Card

A valentine created by Esther Howland
A valentine created by Esther Howland

Thirsty readers, did you know the American tradition of sending valentines originated with a young graduate of Mount Holyoke College?

The Mount Holyoke Archives and Special Collections holds an impressive collection of historic valentines — many of which were created by Esther Howland (1828-1904), a native of Worcester, Massachusetts, and a Mount Holyoke alumna credited with having established the commercial valentine industry in the United States.… Read the rest