Monday, January 10, 2011

A Dog's Life

Years ago, at an estate sale held across from the school I attended as a child, I bought a homemade book of old Valentine cards for about $5. The cards inside were glued on used typing paper with a glue I remember from my childhood. It came in little buckets.  The lid had a stiff spreader attached inside.  It wasn't very good glue, as I recall. I remember as a little girl, using it in the old cook shack at the church I attended then.  I can even still remember its distinctive aroma and, er, taste.

This Valentine is from sometime in the early 1930's. In order for the card to stand, it was made to bend into fourths. I love this particular card! Especially the little dog, along with the girl's "Mary Jane" shoes and flapper hair bob.

7 comments:

MrCachet said...

LOL "I can even still remember its distinctive aroma and, er, taste".

I'll bet it tasted better than superglue, and it didn't stick your lips together either.

Joy said...

I remember that glue, and smell, although I wasn't as adventurous as you with the taste. It was called Gloy. I spent many a happy Christmas as a child making paper chain decorations and spreading the glue with the little bendy spreader.

~JANN ~ said...

Love all the Valentines , I love to collect them also. We have so many things in common. Love you Beth

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Sherry from Alabama said...

What a great find! Vintage Valentines make my heart skip a beat. I found a package of 12 at a shop here in my little town just a couple of weeks ago. The shop, named Recollected, is a treasure in itself. It has a full range of books from antique to newer releases. My favorites are cookbooks and children's books from the 50's.

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

Rachel said...

Sweet little Valentine. I love the vintage images - too cute.

Paula said...

Hello Beth,
What a sweet Valentine ... I too recall the days when the cards had a much more kitschy feel to them, such as this one. My grandmother, bless her heart, used to encourage the creating of our own valentines to bring to school for exchange. I remember piles of paper lace, heart cutouts, glitter, sequins, and glue! Indeed, there is a fond nostalgic recollection of the senses when I stumble across these fancy vintage cards ...

Thank you, for another inspiring post my friend. I so needed these memories to soften my heart today ....