Victorian Valentines

Join Nancy Rosin, President of the National Valentine Collectors Association, for this time-travelling presentation on the history of valentines and tokens of love. These days, the practice of sending valentines is most often relegated to children’s classrooms. But throughout history, adults have used beautiful, sentimental, and intricate paper goods to show their affection, love, or friendship. For Victorian New Yorkers, it was a way of life. Many of these expressions of love were designed and printed right here in New York City, and the history of valentines has an unexpected life that weaves religion, mourning, love, and culture. Nancy will discuss the fascinating early history of valentines and show off pieces from her fabulous collection from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. During the event, enjoy coffee and tea courtesy of Fair Folks & a Goat, plus a cash bar.

Nancy Rosin has devoted more than forty years to the study of the evolution of the Valentine and Expressions of Love. She writes extensively, and has shared her collection with organizations including St. Bride’s Library (London), the American Museum of Folk Art (NYC), and Green-Wood in Brooklyn. Her collection has been featured on Martha Stewart Living, CBS Sunday Morning, and the History Channel. Nancy Rosin is President of the National Valentine Collectors Association and President Emerita of The Ephemera Society of America. Her personal website, is a resource for every romantic.

Monday, February 13, 2017
7:30 pm

Fair Folks & a Goat, 96 West Houston