What Kind of Valentine’s Card Will You Send This Year? Our Valentine’s Day cards – often inexpensive, mass-produced greetings that are distributed by schoolchildren to their classmates – do not resemble the Valentine’s Day cards of the past. In Victorian times, Valentine’s cards were often handcrafted works of art decorated with lace, silk, satin, flowers, feathers, and gold leaf. The types of cards sent varied greatly, and included:
- Acrostic valentines in which the first letter of each line of verse spelled out the name of the recipient.
- Puzzle purse valentines contained a puzzle – many folds of verses – that were meant to be read in a specific order.
- Rebus valentines had verses that omitted words and replaced them with tiny pictures.
- Mechanical valentines allowed the reader to pull a tab to move a figure or object in the card.