Happy Valentines Day

Did you receive a card today? There was a time when a Valentines card could cost as much as a horse.

Did you get chocolates? The heart-shaped box of chocolates was created in 1861.

Union soldiers had pretty reliable mail throughout the war and so the lucky ones likely got Valentines of some sort.

The Rebels, whether married or merely hoping to be (it was rather more common in those days) were lucky if their erratic mail arrived in time with some version of the doggerel “Roses are red…” written in a longer letter.

But that surely would have been enough to warm a weary heart.

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About Dick Stanley

Retired Texas daily newspaperman
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