Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Artifact of the Week -1945 Valentine

Sent from the worst of times with the best of sentiments: little is known about this Valentine which was produced by the Salvation Army in 1945, and presumably sold to soldiers to send to their sweethearts back home.

A Valentine printed on browning, recycled paper. "St. Valentine" is written in a banner above a large heart being held up by two cupids. One cupid is sticking an arrow through the heart. Below is a second banner reading "14th February 1945." Green stars and maple leaves are scattered in the background.
PRMA, 00.023.250

This example bears the interior message, “to a very good friend with all good wishes –Jimmie” and a religious poem about parted lovers. The identity of Jimmie, his dear friend, and his fate in the war is lost to history. The front of the card bears a cartoon image of two cupids running an arrow through a heart. The card was found among the belongings of Peace River Resident Patricia Fishburne and donated to the museum in 2000.

Valentine reads : To my Valentine "May the love of God O'ever Shadowing watch between thy life and mine. May the blessing of his presence through each troubled pathway shine. Though we are parted from each other for a while, he holds the chain and each link of love and prayer he'll bind until we meet again." The poem is surrounded by a border of red hearts and green maple leaves. The opposite side features a map of north American and Europe, with two hands crossing the ocean and gripping one another. A personal message at the top reads "To : a very dear friendw ith all good wishes. Jimmie."
PRMA, 00.023.250
Come see this item in person and many others featured in the Peace River Museum’s Valentine’s Day Cabinet Display, on now until the end of February.

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