Monday, February 14, 2005

Happy Valentines Day


The past, my past and my present. This is an Esther Howland valentine. Esther Howland went to my alma mater, Mount Holyoke, when it was Mount Holyoke Seminary (class of '47, 1847). But only recently did I learn that she was originally from Worcester, MA where I now teach. After the seminary, she returned home to Worcester, where her family owned a stationary goods business. The story says that when a family business associate sent a valentine from abroad, Esther decided she, too, could make and sell valentines. Enterprising women's college graduate! Anne Posted by Hello

6 Comments:

At 8:44 AM, Anonymous Susan Mueller said...

The valentine is beautiful. It is odd to think of valentines and Valentine's Day as a tradition that ties us to the past and carries part of us into the future. Do you suppose Esther had a notion that her work would live on for generations to admire?

Thank you, Anne, for sharing it with us.

 
At 9:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should Valentine's day be shown as possessive> apostrophe?

 
At 11:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's time to end the hegemony of St. Valentine (and Hallmark) and open up the holiday to all. Let's declare that on this day valentines will be freely distributed to all; thus, it is Valentines Day.

And after spending the weekend helping my two kids make valentines for their classsmates and teachers, I'm ready for Tuesday.

 
At 11:39 AM, Blogger Tamara Miles said...

I have valentines from my grandmother's childhood, including one from my great-grandmother to my grandmother. They are deeply sentimental, and I hope my daugher will treasure them as I do.

 
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