The commercialization of Valentine's Day was increased by the beginning of Whitman's candy
and by the introduction of Esther Howland's commercial Valentines
"In old ballads maidens are directed to pray, cross-legged, for good luck on this day, and it was also customary to hang shoes outside of the window on St. Valentine's Eve so that their love might prosper."
Source: "St. Valentine's Day." The New York Times 2/12/1898.
Vintage Valentine Gifts of the 1800s
- Valentine's Day Cards.
- Romantic Poems.
- Victorian Dolls.
- Floral Wreaths.
- Sachet Bags.
- Perfumed Satin Bags.