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Vintage Valentines on Display at Butterfly Palace

Valentine’s Day is a special day to show affection to the one you love.

Many cards are delivered each year and it has been going on for decades.

A Valentine art exhibit that will take you back in time will be on display at the Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure Feb. 1-18.

Sincerely Yours: The Art of Love, celebrates the centuries-old tradition of exchanging valentine greetings on the day known as St. Valentine’s Day.

Before the days of mass-produced Valentine greetings, many Valentines were small works of art, lovingly handcrafted for that special someone.

The exhibit presents dozens of these antique creations from the Victorian era.

“As popular as scrapbooking has become in recent years, it was even more popular during the late 1800s and early 1900s,” said Dianna Herschend, owner of The Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure.

“It became quite the social activity. Guests were invited for refreshments and to spend hours admiring the host’s scrapbooks,” she said.

The works of art range from large and elaborate mechanicals with intricate designs of foil and paper lace, to simple postcards which cost just a penny.

The postcard Valentines include “vinegar Valen-tines” — Valentines with bad attitudes and such poor manners the U.S. Post Office eventually refused to deliver them.

The exhibit celebrates both the art and history of Valentine’s Day, from how the day was named for St. Valentine, to the evolution of the designs of these beautiful vintage Valentines.

Herschend said Valentine scrapbooking became very competitive.

“Everyone wanted to have the most impressive scrapbook, so the practice is largely responsible for the preservation of the originals from so long ago,” she said.

Information courtesy of Branson Daily News

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