Tale Of Valentine’s Day In The 19th Century

Many people have the wrong perception that the valentine’s day has started in the recent days…! But, the fact is, it had begun in the Victorian Era. Remembrance of st. valentine’s day has a long history.

In the middle ages, there was a tradition to choose a partner on this specific day of st. valentine and it was believed that on this day birds will mate. In the 1800s, the stories of st. valentine’s day reached even to Rome and since, from centuries people are observing the st. valentine’s day.

A popular diarist from London i.e., Samuel Pepys said that in the mid of 1600s the valentine’s day used to celebrate in a grand manner among the rich families by exchanging the gifts.   

On this day, writing the letter and notes to their partner had become popular in the 1700s. At that time there was a handwritten on the ordinary paper but, in the current day’s there are valentine cards or greeting cards to wish their loved one.

Papers fabricated exclusively for valentine’s day started to began in the 1820s and they were popular in both Britain and the United States. In the 1840s, the postal rates were standardized in Britain, during that time the popularity of the valentine cards was boosted. The design of the papers was unique and colorful.

According to history, when a woman in Massachusetts received an English valentine that led to the beginning of the American Valentine industry. Esther A. Howland, a student from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts started to make the valentine cards. Meanwhile, her father had owned a stationery shop where she used to sell.

The business became successful and she hired the friends to help her in making the cards. The universe witnessed the major change in 1865 after the end of the civil war. The people of new york have mailed more than 66,000 and 86,000 valentines in 1865 and 1866 respectively.

The tradition of sending valentine’s card has emerged as the major business. In February 1867, the New York Times disclosed that some New Yorkers spend an enormous amount on the celebration of valentine’s day.

In 1860, valentine’s day had attracted a mass audience. Many jokes were fabricated in the 1800s on the celebration of valentine’s day. The British Post Office has clearly mentioned that the celebration of valentine’s day is increasing on a large scale.

There is a record that in 1836 more than 60,000 valentines were sent throughout England. After the launch of the Uniform Penny Post, 4,00,000 valentines had posted throughout England in 1841. This surge in numbers resulted in the special allowance for the postmen to keep themselves energetic.

If you mourn for the commercial racket on the valentine’s day then blame the Victorians. Meanwhile, if you feel happy to share the love and affection with your loved one then do not forget to praise Victorians. 


I hope that you all have enjoyed this short valentine’s day post. For the folks, who were enthusiast to know the story of valentine’s day in the 19th century, have got an opportunity to know many things. Finally, I thank you all and Happy Valentine’s Day…!

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