Valentine’s Day Greeting Cards

Esther A. Howland (1828 – 1904) was the first commercial U.S. producer of Valentine’s Day greeting cards.  After graduating from Mount Holyoke College in 1847, she received her first ornate English Valentine.  Fascinated by the idea of making her own Valentines, she ordered lace and paper to create samples, which were eventually produced on an assembly line.  Esther became renowned for her work and was called “The Mother of the American Valentine.”

Remember to tell that special someone that you love them today.


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